The Bracken Fern is organically grown on our renewable fields in the Northeastern USA and is scientifically known as Pteridium aquilinum. This fern is a robust and widespread fern species known for its adaptability because it can be found globally in different habitats. It shows incredible resilience and versatility and can thrive in environments such as woodlands heathlands or even disturbed areas.
- Name: Bracken Fern
- Scientific Name: Pteridium aquilinum
- Appearance: The Bracken fern has large, triangular fronds with an intricate pinnate or bipinnate leaflet and can reach a hight of up to five feet.
- Environment: This fern shows a strong adaptability because it can colonize different environments such as woodlands, moorlands, and even disturbed sites. It can thrive in different soil types and light conditions and can be found across different continents.
- Soil Preference: This fern survives in various soil types and can be found or planted in rugged terrain or areas with poor soil conditions where other plants do not survive.
- Growth Habit: The Bracken Fern forms dense colonies that serve as ground cover. This can suppress weed growth and reduce garden maintenance.
- Biodiversity Support: Like other ferns, the Bracken Fern acts as a habitat and food source for local wildlife and animals and insects.
- Maintenance: Once established, it is a low-maintenance plant and needs minimal care.
- Ecological Benefits: The thick growth of this fern provides shelter and nesting sites and improves the diversity of the local ecosystem.
- Usage: The fern Bracken Fern is often used for creating natural looking (moss) garden beds, and woodland gardens because it can add some green to shaded areas.