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Hay scented fern

Hay Scented Fern


Description: Hay-scented Fern-Dennstaedtia punctilobula Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 1-2' Mature Width- 2-3' - Gardener Status- Novice
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    Hay-Scented Fern - Dennstaedtia punctilobula

    The hay-scented fern, also known as the eastern hayscented fern, is a deciduous fern with fronds growing upwards up 100 centimeters. It is most abundant along the eastern North American region with individual plants species being observed from Newfoundland to northern Alabama with a large frequency of species in the Appalachian Mountains. It is named after its delightful "freshly-mowed hay" scent when the fronds are crushed or bruised. This deciduous fern can grow up to two feet in height with an average spread of three to four feet. The fern is most often observed to have light green foliage with leaves changing to a yellow tint in the Fall seasons. Being an invasive species, similar to the New York fern, this species is excellent for homeowners in search of ground coverage in their home gardens. This plant thrives in full or partial sun exposure in zones 3-8, making it a relatively hardy species. It is often sought after for its repellent properties against deer, which is favorable for enthusiasts looking to protect their garden habitats. It grows most optimally in slightly acidic soil environments that can be either dry or damp. It is important to maintain distance between this fern and other small, shade-dwelling plants as the hay-scented fern is invasive and can prevent other species from receiving optimal sunlight and thriving. They are favored by gardeners for border edging and the naturalization of the garden due to their rapid colonization and excellent ground coverage. They are often found in open regions, such as meadows, rocky slopes, and and fields where they display a green, carpet-like appearance among the forest grounds. This fern, in addition to other deciduous and perennial fern species, are appreciated by many garden enthusiasts for their ground covering attributes, as well as repellent adaptations and attractive tapering qualities in the fronds.
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    1. Gorgeous!

      Has good color and looks good on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Bag was broken

      The bags were broken and dirt was all over the box but the plants were still thriving. Waiting to see how they will do on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Average

      My packages were all crushed, the plants roots looked dry - I planted them anyway so we will see if they grow. If I see growth, I will be glad to revise on Mar 31st 2017

    4. shade does best

      The shade is definitely better for these plants. I burned some by putting them in too much sun. Lesson learned. on Mar 29th 2017

    5. Fast and quick

      My first plants arrived out of their wrapper and didnt make it, I contacted the company and they sent me more. Thank you on Mar 28th 2017

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