Belongs to: ferns

Bracken Pteridium aquilinum


Best time to see: mid Apr to late Oct

Key facts

One of the commonest ferns in Britain and Europe, covering whole hillsides and large sections of open woods

Leaves are tri-pinnate, sometimes 3–4m tall but less in shade, growing from a creeping rootstock

Spores ripen August–October

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