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