Fern Meaning and Symbol

October 4, 2011 | Flower Meanings And Symbolism

Fern Meaning and Symbolism


The Victorian language of flowers based the representation of ferns with its aged old existence, its magnificent form and its ability to reproduce without bearing any seed. Fern meaning and symbolism are being associated with confidence, dream, fascination, prudence, secret bond of love and shelter (representing the flower’s overall looks). Fern meaning also represents magic representing fern’s capability to reproduce without bearing seeds. You can send specially designed ferns to a friend or to your special someone to express that you are impressed with them. Ferns were also used by various artists in their artworks to convey hidden messages of prudence, magic and more – all thanks to Victorian language of flowers.



Botany and History of Fern


Probably one of the oldest identified with fossils recorded as early as 360 million years ago; fern is a plant genus of about 12,000 species. Ferns are abundant throughout the world, especially to tropical regions such as Southeast Asia. The name fern was taken from an Old English word fear meaning “fern” or “a leafy plant”. The term was first used in 19th century where flowers and plants are so popular. This popular plant does not comes from seeds or don’t have seeds, but they are reproduced by spores. Though not that significant economically, ferns have found their use as they are used for food in some regions. Other common uses of ferns are for indoor ornaments as houseplant, landscape plants and as leaves for bouquets and corsages. Nevertheless despite its limited significance economically, fern meaning and symbolism seem to be one of the most motivating plant and flower symbolism associated by the Victorian language of flowers.

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