Ferns have been around for the last 40 to 50 million years. They have been around since the age of the dinosaurs!
Ferns exist on all continents except Antarctica.
From 1880 to 1900, ferns were so popular in England that there was a so-called “a fern craze” (“pteridomania”). English city dwellers took excursions to the woodlands to collect ferns to take back to their homes and estates, nearly stripping some areas ferns. Many fern books were published during this time and new names were created for new varieties for every difference in frond (leaf) shape. Artists and craftsmen used fern foliage motifs in stonework, furniture, pottery, china, art, etched glass, linen, woodwork, and iron castings. These old books have been written and fern theme artworks are now very expensive collector items. Pteridomania was such a social phenomenon in 19th Century England that several books on the subject.