Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Fern
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1.5 to 2 feet usually, to 3 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: spreads
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
groundcover in landscape

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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-05-21groundcover in landscape
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Location: MassachusettsDate: 2016-05-04
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Location: French Creek State Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-07-05wild colony
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-06-10groundcover area or colony
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-05-21foliage
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-05-22groundcover in landscape
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: MassachusettsDate: 2016-06-04
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 25, 2018 1:14 PM

Hay-scented Fern gets its common name from when the foliage is crushed, it smells like hay. It usually is 1.5 to 2 feet high, but can get to 3 or 4 feet high. It has lacy, very soft, thin, light green leaves that are erect or arching and the fronds are triangular in shape. The sori (spore-producing structures) under the leaves are along the leaflet (pinnae) margins and are cup-shaped. The species spreads quickly by the underground stems (rhizomes) to form a colony or a groundcover. My biggest customer has a nice patch in her shady front yard east corner that succeeded in producing another colony in the front yard close to the house among her Common Periwinkle groundcover, apparently by spores. She has me pulling out the fronds in that second area so that it is under control. This species is native from north Alabama & Georgia up into southern Newfoundland & southwest Quebec through southern Ontario through Michigan to southern Illinois & Missouri. I have seen often in the forests of eastern Pennsylvania. I see it very occasionally in some professional or plant enthusiast landscapes. It is sold by some larger, diverse conventional nurseries, native plant nurseries, and some mail order nurseries.

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