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Reference for: Asplenium adiantum-nigrum. Source: The PLANTS Database, database (version ). Acquired: Notes: National Plant Data Center. Asplenium adiantum-nigrum Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: Black spleenwort. Asplenium andrewsii A. Nelson; A. chihuahuense J. G. Baker; A. dubiosum. Asplenium adiantum-nigrum is an evergreen Fern growing to m (1ft 8in). It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf all year, and the seeds ripen from June to.

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The plant is bitter, diuretic, laxative and ophthalmic[]. It is taken internally to treat diseases of the spleen, jaundice and ophthalmia[].

It is said to produce sterility in women[].

A decoction or syrup made from the fronds is emmenagogue, expectorant and pectoral[]. It is used to relieve troublesome coughs[4]. A decoction of the herb is a good hair wash[17]. Requires a partly shaded site with preferably less than 3 hours sunshine daily[].

Plants can be grown in old brick walls[]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.

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Asplenium adiantum-nigrum L. subsp. onopteris (L.) Heufl.

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Asplenium adiantum-nigrum subsp. onopteris

Asplenium adiantum-nigrum – L. Common Name Black Spleenwort Family Polypodiaceae USDA hardiness Known Hazards Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so adiajtum-nigrum caution is advisable[]. Many ferns also contain thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet asplenoum is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems.


The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase[]. Habitats Rocky woods, hedgebanks, shady walls and rocks[17]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

black spleenwort Asplenium adiantum-nigrum L.

Asplenium adiantum-nigrum is an evergreen Fern growing to 0. It is hardy to zone UK 6. It is in leaf all year, and the seeds ripen from June to October. It can grow in full shade deep woodland or semi-shade light woodland. It prefers moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information.

Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[]. Rocky woods, hedgebanks, shady walls and rocks[17]. Maidenhair Spleenwort, Dense spleenwort, Toothed spleenwort, Brightgreen spleenwort.