Fern Symbolism

Last post I wrote about turning over a new leaf. I chose a fern as the leaf for the featured image. Here’s some cool info about the symbolism of ferns.

Fiddleheads and ferns first show up in fossil records from a time over 100 million years BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth. In fact, ferns grew before flowering plants existed. Long ago, people couldn’t explain how ferns reproduced since they lack flowers or seeds. Fern seeds were thought to make one invisible!

Today we know that ferns truly don’t have flowers or seeds. How do they reproduce? They have “spores.” With sunlight and photosynthesis, the spores grow into what is called gametes which are able to fertilize the sperm and start to move it into the fern plant. This is completely different than anything that happens with any other sort of flower! No wonder people were confused.


Many myths and mysteries surround the Fern, whose name originated from the Anglo-Saxon term “fearn”, meaning feather, due to the shape and pattern of its leaves.


The ancient fern has a history rich in symbolism.  As mentioned above, ferns were seen as good luck, often for new lovers. The fern symbolizes eternal youth.

-To the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, the fern represented new life and new beginnings. 

-To the Japanese, the fern symbolizes family and the hope for future generations.

-According to Victorians, the fern symbolizes humility and sincerity.


Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

3 thoughts on “Fern Symbolism

  1. I’m impressed to read your post about the fern. As it is not physically, a glamorous plant when compared to roses. It was Dad that introduced me to the plant.

    To me, it was a plant that could survive any weather conditions. I live in the tropics.

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    1. Ohhh very nice 👌 Thank you for giving me the space to impress you. 😊
      Ferns were fascinating to me as a child but I haven’t been around them as much as an adult. It was a nice reminder 😌

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