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By Pdb

Lancashire, United Kingdom Gb

Bulba and Beattie, here are a few more pictures of the bracken/fern?
It is unusual for me to have a fully grown one like that as I normally chop them down and try to dig them out.
Hope the pictures help a bit more.

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It is a fern, Pdp, possibly the Lady Fern but not certain. We get quite a few in our garden which we tollerate whilst they are small but they do need digging out later. The ones growing in the wall of raised beds are most difficult.

8 Sep, 2011


I agree, a fern. I call them shuttlecock ferns as it describes the shape of the plant. Bracken grows like one single leaf of this but on a stalk.
If you think what you've got is invasive you definitely don't want bracken - it's much worse! And pops up much faster, all over the shop as it grows from tough, thick roots spreading underground, 6" to some feet down.

8 Sep, 2011


Many thanks for your answers. Just needed to know as I fancy buying some ferns for my border and my hubby will complain that I have had him digging them up for years! Now I have got good knowledge that they are not the same :-)

8 Sep, 2011


Well you don't need to buy them, just stop digging them up! :-) I like them - easy to grow in shade and with a bit of variation through the seasons.

8 Sep, 2011

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