Bracken Fern

Partial Shade,
Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
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Planting Zones 3-10
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Bracken Fern's botanical Latin name is Pteridium Aquilinum.

Bracken fern is more commonly referred to as Fiddlehead Fern. This variety is a particular species of fern that is identified by its large divided leaves and lush green color, though, towards the base of the plant, it has some reddish and yellow hues. This plant can grow upwards of four feet when matured, increasing rapidly if its living conditions are just right.

Bracken Fern is a Very Tolerable Plant able to Survive in Hardiness Zones 4-7

It can tolerate full sun but prefers a place with some shading. It could do better in full shade. Its soil requirements are also much like its sun requirements in that it can handle different soil conditions. Optimally, it prefers slightly acidic and moist soil but can survive in dry, highly acidic soils. It does not, however, do well in the soil where drainage could be better.

 Ferns generally do not reproduce and spread with seeds or fruits. Instead, they reproduce with the use of spores or sex cells. The larger varieties of ferns use spores, while smaller ones use sex cells. The Bracken, in particular, reproduces twice a year via spores. The Bracken Fern does not produce flowers of any kind.

This plant has been used as a food source for ages and by many civilizations. One can consume these similarly by harvesting the young fronds, also known as fiddleheads.

Some ways these are prepared are raw and uncooked, dehydrated, or pickled. Some countries incorporate these delicious green fiddleheads in some of their main dishes. Another exciting way to consume Bracken Fern is by using plant parts to brew beer or even bake bread.


Flower Form: The bracken ferns do not produce seeds or fruits, but their young fronds, in certain cultures, are considered edible. These ferns are commonly found on the side of hills. They are highly invasive if not kept in check. The ferns are noted for their divided leaves.

Bracken fern is a great plant that makes an addition to any home.

Many homeowners love ferns, and this fern, can be widespread and show a lot of green foliage. This fern is preferred by many because it can quickly adapt to many different types of climates and conditions. This fern looks excellent planted around a water garden or pond.

This Fern is One of the Most Common Ferns in the World

Bracken Fern - Pteridium aquilinum. The Bracken Fern is a widespread fern that can grow between two and four feet in height and generally grows in woodlands worldwide, along with any open fields and hillsides. It has leaves that can be either dark or light green and take a lot of water to grow. Bracken fern can grow in moist and wet soil and tolerate higher acidity levels, can grow incredibly fast, especially in pine forests, and has roots that can grow as far as ten feet deep in many situations.

This plant grows Incredibly Fast, Given the Proper Growing Conditions. Besides being decorative, they can also help shade other vegetation in your yard. Bracken ferns can also help add to the decor of a rock garden. While primarily associated with the moors of England, Bracken Ferns can grow successfully in almost any region of the United States. Because of their compact nature, small birds sometimes use these Ferns for nesting.

They are native to moors but have proven particularly hardy in many environments outside their natural habitat. Bracken leaves can have divides several inches long. The leaves are green, arranged in lines, oval-shaped, and end in a single-pointed blade.

The fern prefers an area with low vegetation and moisture, planted for personal use and watered semi-regularly. However, the fern is one of the most successful and hardiest in existence, so it does not have specific soil requirements and needs much attention.

These Ferns are called 'Bracken' and are among the most common Ferns globally. It can tolerate a wide range of climates and soils. It would be beneficial if you were to grow along with mushrooms. It is best planted and treated as a shrub and will look best when near trees, fences, stones, walls, or other locations where it can provide a sharp contrast.

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Botanical Latin Name: Pteridium aquilinum

Common name: Bracken fern

Sun Exposure: Sun to shade

Mature Height: 2 to 6 feet

Spread: Requires a lot of space because it spreads rapidly

Spacing: 2 to 6 feet

Growth Rate: Fast growth rate. You can find young plants 6 to 7 weeks after the spores are shed.

Flowering Time: A bracken fern plant produces spores by the end of the third or fourth growing season. Frost-killed fronds are replaced by the middle of summer.

How Long It Flowers: It produces tiny brown spore clusters through September

Flower Color: Brown spores and green leaves

Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil

Pruning: Once or twice a year. Cut back the fronds for the first three years.

Reviews (1)

  • 5
    Bracken Fern

    Posted by Laura Jefferies on Aug 28, 2019

    This is a wonderful addition to my flower garden. Looks great where I planted it.

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