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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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

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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