Parsley Fern

Cryptogramma crispa


Parsley Fern is a medium-sized, bushy fern of rocky places on hillsides and slopes in the uplands. It is widespread but generally quite scarce, apart from in Snowdonia and the Lake District.

How to identify

Parsley Fern grows two different kinds of leaves: the spore-producing, fertile fronds which have narrow, oval leaf sections; and the sterile fronds which look just like parsley, hence the common name. Parsley Fern has pale green fronds that form clustered tufts.

Where to find it

In the uplands of northern England, Scotland and Wales.


When to find it

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How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many heathland and upland habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. We are also working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Parsley Fern
Latin name
Cryptogramma crispa
Ferns and horsetails
Frond length: up to 25cm
Conservation status