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Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Eastern Hay-Scented Fern)

Eastern Hay-Scented Fern


Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Eastern Hay-Scented Fern) is a lovely deciduous fern forming a large rosette of upright to arching, lacy, narrow-triangular, light-green fronds, 30 in. long (75 cm). The fronds warm up to shades of yellow in fall. Eastern Hay-Scented Fern is noted for its sweet scent of freshly cut hay which is released when crushed or dried. Fast growing, this fern will spread by rhizomes to form colonies. Useful as a groundcover in shade gardens, woodland gardens, or under trees. The fronds can be cut for use in flower arrangements. 

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in part to full shade in fertile, humus-rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Will tolerate full sun, if consistent moisture is provided. Grows well in a wide range of soil conditions, including poor rocky soils and dry soils once established.
  • This plant is a great choice for shade gardens, cottage gardens or woodland gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Rabbit resistant.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by spores or by rhizome division.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Rabbit
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Rabbit
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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