Uses - Bedding, Dye
A fern with worldwide distribution from the Tropics to the Arctic.
One of the chief weeds of heather moors, esp. on heavily grazed, churned ground.
Poisonous to animals in its green state but harmless once brown in the autumn.
Use as bedding : lightweight, elastic in texture, porous (cool in summer, heat retaining in winter), plentiful.
Bracken leaves also used as brown dye.