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Dennstaedtia punctilobula

Hay Scented Fern

Dennstaedtia punctilobula - Hay Scented Fern - Deciduous.  Narrow, triangular, light green fronds can reach 30" long.  Clumps creep and spread agressively by rhizomes.  Thrives in rich, moist, acidic soil with average water in part sun to shade.  Hayscented Fern is an adaptable fern.  It will tolerate full sun with consistent moisture and grow in a variety of soil types including poor, rocky soils. Tolerates dry soil once established.  Full sun exposure requires consistent moisture.  Use for a ground cover, naturalizing, shade gardens and, woodland areas.  Mature height 15"-30", spread 24"-36"

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  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Deciduous
  • Native to Eastern North America
  • Fronds triangular and arching
  • Clumps creep and colonize by rhizomes
  • Works well as ground cover
  • Adaptable and tolerant
  • Smells of hay when brushed
  • Height: 15-30 Inches
  • Spread: 24-36 Inches
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula from Classic Groundcovers