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Pteridium Aquilinum

Botanical Name:

Pteridium aquilinum

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Acid clays, loams, and sands, preferably poor and sterile
Characteristics

Plant Type

Fern, Native Plant, Poisonous, Herb

Lifespan

Perennial

Plant Height

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Flower

No flowers., Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.

Fruit

No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.

Benefits
Ornamental

Great foliage groundcover for dry woodlands

Warning

POISONOUS PARTS: All parts, fiddleheads (curled-up leaves). Low toxicity if ingested. Symptoms include weakness, high fever, incoordination, convulsions. Toxic Principle: Thiaminase, a proteinaceous enzyme causing a reduction in vitamin B1; also a glycoside. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)

Taxonomy

Order

Polypodiales

Family

Dennstaedtiaceae

Genus

Pteridium

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