Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Holly Fern
Cyrtomium falcatum
Dryopteridaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The rhizome is used as an anthelmintic, chiefly for the expulsion of tapeworm[240].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Spores – best sown as soon as ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Germinates in 1 – 3 months at 20¡c[164]. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the ferns are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position. Division in spring or summer[188].
There is some uncertainty over the hardiness of this species, one report says that it is not frost-tolerant[200], whilst another says that it is grown a an ornamental pot plant in Britain and has been reported as becoming naturalized in this country[17].
E. Asia – Himalayas. Reported to be naturalised in parts of Britain.

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