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Tailed bracken fern
Pteridium pseudocaudatum
Dennstaedtiaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Large herbaceous fern.

Dimensions: Typically 3-4 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming large open to dense patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and central United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and moist forests.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, usually without humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: N/A.

Flower Characteristics: There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous spores.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from spores and division.


Copyright by: George D. Gann


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