Family: Dennstaedtiaceae | Genus: PTERIDIUM aquilinum
type : Vines / Ground Covers, Ferns
sun exposure : Full Sun, Partial Shade
water : Regular Water, Moderate Water, Drought Tolerant
planting zones : US (Upper South) / Zone 6, MS (Middle South) / Zone 7, LS (Lower South) / Zone 8, CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
Plant Details

Found all over the world, bracken is represented by various subspecies that differ in minor details. Coarse, much-divided fronds rise directly from deep, running rootstocks; plant grows from as low as 2 feet high to as tall as 7 feet under good conditions. Occurs naturally in many places and can be tolerated in untamed gardens, but beware of planting it: deep rootstocks can make it a tough, invasive weed. Do not gather fronds to cook as fiddleheads, since they contain a slow poison. Deer avoid these ferns.

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