The Silver Fern is well recognized as a symbol of New Zealand and New Zealanders. It is a strong and emotive emblem of inspiration to which all New Zealanders may identify. The Silver Fern picture was inspired by the frond of Cyathea Dealbata, a New Zealand tree fern ("Ponga" in Maori).
The first known use of the term "Silver Fern" was on April 5, 1872 when the New York Tribune published an article called "The New Zealand Flag." The article mentioned that the flag had been sent to the United States as a gift for the nation's bicentennial but did not specify what material it was made from. A week later, on April 11, 1872, the Boston Daily Globe ran an article titled "A New Zealand Flag." This time the material out of which the flag was made was described as "a stem of silver fern."
These are the only two articles that have ever used the term "silver fern" to describe the New Zealand flag. It is therefore presumed that this was the original source of the name.
In 2001, following the September 11 attacks, many countries around the world donated items that they had used as symbols of peace and unity during the aftermath of the attacks. Among these items were flags that had been stored away since their original display. It was during this process that officials discovered that some of these flags were made from wood that had been harvested from illegally logged rainforest.
The silver fern (Cyathea dealbata) has come to symbolize New Zealand's spirit. The silver fern originally resided in the water, according to Maori folklore. This distinctively New Zealand sign is regarded as a badge of honor by the people, goods, and services that bear it.... The silver fern also serves as a source of food and fiber.
New Zealand was founded as a British colony in 1841. The first flag with the silver fern on it was raised over the capital city of Wellington on February 13, 1859. The original flag was lost during a battle near present-day Bullecourt in France but a copy was made from memory by an army surgeon who witnessed the event. He sent his son back home to obtain some plants that would be suitable for such a flag. The boy returned with two silver ferns instead. Since then, they have become the national emblem of New Zealand.
There are several theories about how the silver fern came to represent New Zealand. One theory is that it was chosen because the plant was plentiful and easy to grow in New Zealand's climate. Another theory is that it was chosen because the Maoris used them for weapons and clothing. Yet another theory is that when Captain James Cook arrived in New Zealand in 1769, he was greeted with flags containing the silver fern because they wanted him to know where they were. However, there is no evidence to support any of these stories.
As Sir Tipene O'Regan once told me, the silver fern represents strength, tenacity, and enduring power to the Maori, all wrapped up in a natural form of native elegance. Maori have traditionally revered the fern, giving it pride of place in their homes. It is also one of the few plants that can survive being thrown into a fire.
The silver fern has been associated with victory and triumph since ancient times. It is said that when Maori warriors went out to battle, they would carry a sprig of the fern with them as a good luck charm. The fern also had religious significance for the people because it could be found near streams or rivers where there were many spirits living. They believed that if you sang a song over a grave when planting a silver fern, then the spirit would come back to life.
There are several varieties of fern available today, but only two species are used in traditional gardening: the maidenhair fern and the silver fern.
Maidenhair ferns are popular in bonsai trees, while silver ferns are ideal for rock gardens or other wild environments. Both types of fern require an environment with moderate temperatures (50-80 degrees F) and well-drained soil that is high in phosphorus and nitrogen.
The silver fern is exclusively found in New Zealand (North and South Islands, and many of the offshore islands, as well as the Chatham Islands). Cyathea milnei, a very similar species, lives in the Kermadec Islands to the north-east of the North Island. However, the undersides of its fronds are green rather than white or silver.
The silver fern The Koru Fern is an amalgamation of two classic New Zealand symbols: the silver fern and the koru. It was one of the designs that sparked controversy prior to formal submissions, and it was presented to the New Zealand Government as an alternate design for the New Zealand Flag. Kyle Lockwood created a silver fern flag.
The silver fern is a nationally iconic symbol of New Zealand. It has appeared on many forms of media over the years including merchandise, music, and film. The plant itself is an important part of New Zealand culture and history. It can be found in most parts of the country except in very cold areas such as the Antarctic.
There are about 20 species of fern in New Zealand. They are all native plants that have evolved over millions of years without any help from humans. Ferns are unique among flowering plants because they are classified as polypody plants. This means that they reproduce by cloning themselves via spores called sori or ovules. When environmental conditions are right, these spores will develop into new ferns just like the one that spawned them. However, not all spore cases will develop into new plants. Some may get destroyed by fire, torn apart by animals, or eaten by other fungi or bacteria.
In New Zealand, the silver fern is widely regarded as being the spirit plant.