Pteridaceae - fern family

WeedsPoisonous PlantsHay Fever
Gerald A. Mulligan (Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, retired)
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn, bracken, fougère-aigle
Perennial, with extensive creeping and forking underground rhizomes; fronds 3 to 15 feet (9 to 45 dm.) high; throughout, except the mid-west; abandoned fields, open woods, swamps, bogs, burnt-over areas, grassy slopes, roadsides, and waste places; native to North America. Although sometimes eaten by humans, recent evidence indicates that it is carcinogenic. Sickness and death has occurred in livestock after eating this plant.

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bracken, fougère-aigle