“If you can collect enough sap from a female fern, it will confer
eternal youth if drunk.
Burning ferns as incense will help you contact the dead or call
upon assistance from the spiritual realms. Dried and thrown
upon hot coals, ferns will exorcise evil spirits.
Fern ash dissolved in pure water which then evaporates, will
turn into crystals shaped as fern fronds.
Seeds are carried for invisibility.”
Filicology (latin): the science and study of ferns, which developed into a pteridomania, or “fern fever” during the Victorian era.