North American hay-scented fern

Dennstaedtia punctilobula

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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North American hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
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Genus:  Dennstaedtia
This fern's lacy foliage smells of freshly mown grass and carpets the woodland or a moist, partially sunny site. The green lushness turns golden in the fall. It is a good choice for rapid naturalizing. Use in a woodland garden or near water features.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Native to North America. May be invasive.
Care:  It prefers part to full shade and moist, acidic soil, but with consistent moisture it can tolerate more sun.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Slugs, snails.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Native,
Showy Foliage
Uses
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Fern

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