- - Botanical Name - Bracken Fern - Pteridium aquilinum Hardy Planting Zones - 3-10 Sun or Shade – Sun and Partial Shade Mature Height - 2-4' Mature Width - 18-24" Bloom Season – Spring Gardener Status - Beginner
Bracken Fern - Pteridium aquilinum
Bracken Ferns, often shortened to 'Bracken,' are some of the most common ferns worldwide. They are also a fantastically hardy variety, tolerating a wide range of temperatures and types of soil. If you enjoy growing you own garden mushrooms, the Bracken Fern's canopy provides an excellent area for mushrooms cultivation! These ferns are amazing and work great in flower gardens and especially natural areas. This fern grows and can spread very fast to cover areas. They are fast growers and look amazing as it covers an area or garden with gorgeous bright green color. These ferns are very good for all homeowners as they are easy to grow and does not take a lot of maintenance. They provide a natural feel to all gardens and other areas where they are planted. These ferns can become very aggressive and take over a garden area if not kept under control. They can be found growing in wooded areas and their long fronds supply protection to small wildlife in these areas. They can also be missed by using a spray bottle to keep them moist if needed in certain locations.
It is a fast growing plant with very shapely, graceful fronds. Its leaves have a fine feathery texture with brown spores on the underside.
It is long lasting and each plant has a life expectancy of 20 years. It will propagate new plants which can be split off and planted in new areas
It requires little upkeep but should be cut back every fall.`
SCIENTIFIC NAME: PTERIDIUM AQUILINUM
The bracken fern is green and lush for most of the year and turns a beautiful reddish brown in the fall. The plant will wither back to the ground in the winter and return again in the spring as new fronds appear from the base.
Care has to be taken with this plant as it can easily spread to areas of the garden where it may not be welcome and can be difficult to eradicate.
The leaves are also toxic if ingested so you may have to take care if you have children or animals.