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North American hay-scented fern

Dennstaedtia punctilobula

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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 CharacteristicsNative to North America. May be invasive.

CareIt prefers part to full shade and moist, acidic soil, but with consistent moisture it can tolerate more sun.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsSlugs, snails.

  • Genus : Dennstaedtia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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