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Western Bracken Fern
Scientific Name: Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn
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Family: Dennstaedtiaceae
Western Bracken Fern (Pteridium  aquilinum)
"Pteridium aquilinum pubescens", 19789 U.S.D.A. Forest Service., Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 3-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Pteridium aquilinum is one the plants most extensively distributed in the world, Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens is native to western North America

Growth Habits: Deciduous or semideciduous fern, 2 to 10 feet tall (60-300 cm); extensive rhizome system; triangular fronds, 2 or 3 times pinnate

Watering Needs: Moderate water to low water

Propagation: Rhizome divisions


Many parts of the plant are toxic. Also they have been eaten for ages, their consumption has been linked to cancers and other long term diseases. These ferns also release allelopathic chemicals that prevent or decrease the growth of other plants in their immediate proximity.
The species epithet 'aquilinum' comes from the Latin for "eagle like", while the genus name comes from 'pteris', Latin for 'fern'.

Pteridium aquilinum, Bilder ur Nordens Flora, Project Runeberg

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