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bracken fern

Pteridium aquilinum

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medium - high
full sun - full shade
upright, spreading
2 - 4'
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Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0

Unlike lady ferns, bracken spreads via underground rhizomes
Unlike lady ferns, bracken spreads via underground rhizomes

Photo credit: brewbooks (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Unlike lady ferns, bracken spreads via underground rhizomes
Unlike lady ferns, bracken spreads via underground rhizomes

Photo credit: brewbooks (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Bracken fern is a large tough fern that spreads via underground rhizomes. It is one of our most sun-tolerant ferns, and will grudgingly accept periodic dry-down. A stand of bracken ferns is tall - plant behind other moisture lovers such as nettle-leaf giant hyssop, sneezeweed, and miterwort. Like all ferns, bracken appreciates an organic mulch (such as wood chips or chopped leaves) to conserve moisture and boost nutrients.