Bracken Fern

Pteridium aquilinum

Bracken Fern


Bracken fern is common to abundant in upland pastures, abandoned fields, and forested and burned-over areas in high-rainfall regions. Cattle that eat bracken fern often develop internal hemorrhages and other complications; death is usually caused by severe hemorrhage or secondary infection in lesions caused by consumption of the plant. Llamas love the taste of bracken fern.