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Pteridium aquilinum

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More About Pteridium aquilinum

  • Sturdy, bright green, triangular-shaped fronds
  • Found in large patches in wet or dry conditions
  • Single fronds emerge from spreading rhizomes
  • Tolerant of dry soils and full sun
  • Deep rhizomes allow it to survive harsh conditions like fire or floods
  • Poisonous to livestock
  • Deciduous

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Zone:

4

Height:

40-80 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Non-flowering
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Bracken Fern Growing and Maintenance Tips

Pteridium grows best in a moist to average, slightly acidic soil, in partial shade, however, it will tolerate dry, full sun conditions. The first frost will cause leaves to die back so cleaning up the dead leaves in the spring or fall is recommended. 


Pteridium aquilinum Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Poisonous
Poisonous
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge