bipinnate, compound, tripinnate
July - September
0.0 - 2.0
Best propagated by division, but spores can also be used (Steffen 1997).
Found mostly in pinewoods and pine savanna but ventures into prairies at forest interface.
Dry woodlands and thickets, poor soil and open woods, cutover areas, and pastures. Does well in the open sunlight.
The fiddleheads (new unfurled fronds) of bracken fern are reported to be edible cooked, but the tiny rachis hairs must be rubbed off first. It is said that a tea made of the Brachen Fern is good for worms. rarely used as an ornamental because of its wide spreading habit and its tendency to spread by wide creeping rhizomes.