Adiantum venus hair (Adiantum capillus-veneris L.)

Adiantum venus hair – A small fern from the Adianth family.


It grows in the mountains of the Crimea, the Caucasus, Central Asia on wet limestone stones within waterfalls and springs. It is thermophilic, in the states of Central and Southern Europe it is grown up in an open ground. In Central Russia, it is not winter-hardy .. It got its name for delicate, light, light fan-shaped leaves, forming a low graceful bush (up to 10 – 60 cm). Petioles up to 25 cm long, black, shiny. The plate is light green, delicate in appearance, but evergreen, not wetted by water, broadly oblong in outline, twice or thrice pinnate. Black thin rhizomes are placed in the cracks of the rocks, preventing the water from washing away the plants. In culture, it grows only near water, on rubble from chalk, in artificial grottoes. Needs constant attention. It spores from late spring to early autumn. Propagated by dividing the bush, but grows very slowly.

Medicinal uses:

The leaves of this plant are used as an antitussive and expectorant.

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