Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coastal BC Plants: Bracken Fern

Bracken Fern

Everywhere you walk in the forests of Coastal British Columbia, you find Bracken Fern. Large lacy fronds radiate from a central point and can reach heights over 3 metres (10 feet).  In BC, most Bracken Ferns are from the genus Pteridium species aquilinum and subspecies lanuginosum

The ferns grow from an underground rhizome and are perennial, lasting from year to year. In winter, the fronds die back and regrow from small curled shoots (fiddleheads) that emerge in spring. 

Bracken Ferns grow in both sunny and shady spots, and in dry to moist soil.  This allows them to be plentiful throughout the region. Some preferred locations to find Bracken Ferns are in recently cut or burned sites where they are among the first plants to return, and along forest trails.

Along the granite cliff and on the hill above our cabin we have lots of Bracken Ferns. I love their graceful leaves and bright green colour. 

Do you have Bracken Ferns where you live? -- Margy

9 comments:

  1. We have a ton of these, too! Not as large as yours, or course!

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  2. We do indeed - since we only live a few miles across the border. I love the ferns and how they soften the woodlands. Today it is raining and I love the soft drip drip drip from the ferns as they send the water down to the ground. Your photos are wonderful.

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  3. There are some at the back of the house.

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  4. Very beautiful. I love ferns. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  5. I find ferns comforting, somehow!
    ROG, ABCW

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  6. I find ferns comforting, somehow!
    ROG, ABCW

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  7. I recently got some ferns from our daughter's garden for the shady north facing garden. So far they are doing well ... hope they survive the winter.

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  8. We have tons of these too. They grow so huge out on the tree farm.
    I was looking at some older Sunset Mags and there you were. A letter about your floating garden. Neat eh> MB

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  9. I see them here in WA too a lot...Thanks for all the additional info. http://paint-my-word.blogspot.com/

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