In the House
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
*Also known as sword fern
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum raddianum)
*Also known as rock fern
Cousin to the woodsy male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas), the Boston fern is the most common indoor fern. In Victorian times, this plant was a hallmark of graceful parlors and porches. Boston ferns are long-lived plants that can reach several feet tall and wide.
Among the most-loved ferns, the maidenhair offers fine-textured fronds on black stalks. The arching fronds emerge light green and darken slightly as they age. This plant’s association with hair comes from the folk belief that drinking tea made from this fern would keep one’s hair from falling out.
In general, ferns have been associated with sensuality and fertility, and were believed to bestow perpetual youth. Because of their ethereal fronds and shaded habitats, ferns have been associated with fairy magic and enchantment.
Place a fern on your altar to aid in connecting with the fairy and other realms. Closely aligned with the elements air and earth, ferns can lighten and lift energy while keeping you grounded. Save dried fronds when you prune them from the plant. These can be burned to clear negative energy and banish unwanted spirits. Also use them in protection spells against hexes.
Fern is associated with the elements air and earth. Its astrological influence comes from Mercury.