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Dennstaedtia punctilobula

Hay-scented Fern

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This plant's yellow-green fronds are distinctive as they rise and arch to create great texture and an aggressive carpet of foliage for moist areas. It's perfect for massing and reclamations in shade, while it provides essential cover for woodland animals.

Benefits

Thrives in moist soil and shady areas
Distinctive, striking yellow-green frond color
Provides great texture when in wave plantings
Perfect for holding soil in reclaimed areas
Essential source of color for small animals
Grows and will spread even in sun

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers part sun to light shade, mesic conditions and a somewhat acidic soil containing sand and loam. This fern will grow in open areas and can spread aggressively. Plant it where it will have room to grow and spread. 


Height
24-30 Inches

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Spread
30-36 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist, wooded areas from Maine west to Wisconsin, south to Alabama and Georgia

Native Trivia

Hayscented Fern got its name from the distinct aroma of wet hay that comes from crushing its fronds. Native ferns like this one provide subtle color and texture to shady areas while wildlife depends on the cover they provide.


"The thick carpet from this fern provides great me cover and protection from predators!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Foliage Color
Gold
Uses
Border
Edging
Mass plant
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin