Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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A glue can be made from the rootstock.
A brown dye is obtained from the fronds[6, 67, 141]. It is green according to another report.
The fibrous remnants from edible roots make a good tinder.
The rhizome lathers readily in water and can be used as a soap. A decoction of the root has been used as a hair wash.
The roots have been rubbed into the scalp in order to promote hair growth.
The roots have been pounded to remove the bark, then split into flat bands and used as the black strands of cheap baskets.
The ashes of the plant are rich in potassium and could be used as a fertilizer. They are also used in the manufacture of glass (when mixed with sand) and in making soap (when mixed with vegetable oil)[4, 74]. The roots contain up to 20% potash in early summer, but this reduces to about 5% in the autumn.
The whole plant is a very valuable addition to the compost heap, it is rich in potash and makes an excellent compost for tree seeds[67, 94]. Cut twice a year if you want the plants to continue growing, three cuts annually will weaken and eventually kill off the plants.
The dried ferns produce a very durable thatch.
The leaves are used as a packing material for fruit, keeping it fresh and cool without imparting any colour or flavour[4, 66, 99]. They are also used as a lining for baskets, fruit drying racks etc and as a bedding[66, 99]. The leaves repel insects and can help to prevent rot in the fruits etc.
Dried bracken fronds are very useful in the garden as a mulch for somewhat tender plants. This will keep the soil warmer, protect from wind damage and also keep off some of the rain[4, K].
Cultivation & Habitat
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