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Common Name: Holly Fern
Cyrtomium falcatum is a Evergreen Fern up to 0.10 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
E. Asia - Himalayas. Reported to be naturalised in parts of Britain.
Naturalized on and by walls, among maritime rocks and in other shady places in western Britain.
There is some uncertainty over the hardiness of this species, one report says that it is not frost-tolerant[
], whilst another says that it is grown a an ornamental pot plant in Britain and has been reported as becoming naturalized in this country[
The rhizome is used as an anthelmintic, chiefly for the expulsion of tapeworm[
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[
]. 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[