The legend of fern flower

Legend has it that the fern blooms only once a year - in the magical night on the eve of Ivan Kupala.Ostensibly this night between the leaves of a fern lights up a small piece of coal - flower bud.However, it does not stand still and moving, jumping from one place to another, and even chirps.When it's midnight, kidney revealed, appears fiery flower, with its light illuminating all around.Sometimes it is said that at this moment there was thunder and the earth shakes.And the flower only blooms for one brief moment, and you need time to break it at this moment.

Brave, decided to go in search of fern blossom must come closer to midnight in the forest, find a place where the fern grows, draw a circle around it and wait for the flower.But as
soon as the flower seems, evil spirits with all his might to try to frighten the brave.However, we must take a knife and cut his hand, and then put the flower in the resulting wound and run home without looking back.

But the brave who managed to get a flower, waiting for a worthy reward.He will learn to understand the language of plants and animals.From conversations plants know what grass from a disease helps, and can be a great healer.Will bewitch any favorite girl, before it will open any lock and burst any chain.By the way, this is why the fern sometimes called gap-grass.But most importantly - the owner of a flower will open all the wonderful treasures hidden in the bowels of the earth.

For this reason fern flower is so eager to get the evil spirits.But he was not given into the hands of evil, and it has to be used for the purposes of man.Scary stories told about it in his novel "Evening on the eve of Ivan Kupala" Nikolai Gogol.Its main character - a poor laborer Petro - ignorantly fell into the hands of evil forces and was destroyed by it.

Blossoms whether fern really?

Science has long been well established that ferns reproduce by spores and never blooms.However, there is a theory that the roots of ferns sometimes, though rarely, the fungus grows.When ripe, its shell is broken and the fungus begins to slightly phosphorescent.Perhaps one of the ancient Slavs saw this fungus, and took him for a mysterious fire flower?

But no matter where the legend, she found an echo in the hearts of people, inspiring them with new wonderful and sometimes macabre stories.