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Dennstaedtia punctilobula ‘Hay-scented Fern’

The Hay-scented fern is very common, and it often grows in large colonies, forming a carpet. It can be identified by its lacy, light-green fronds that feel slightly sticky to the touch. They are vigorous growers and tolerate most conditions. The name comes from the fact that when the leaves are bruised they smell like fresh mown hay. These are ferns for naturalizing in woodland areas, shade gardens, cottage gardens or wild areas.

Ferns are perfect for the background of the garden or in a woodland setting. Their gracefulness make them especially suited for companions to the Hosta. Performs well in sun but prefers partial shade.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24-30"
Spacing 18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade
Foliage Yellowish-green, upright fronds
Flower Non-flowering

General Information +

Botanical: Dennstaedtia punctilobula

Common: Hay-scented fern

Family: Dennstaedtiaceae

General Characteristics: Hay Scented Ferns are also known as Cup Ferns. It is a fast growing, aggressive spreader and is a very popular garden fern. Landscape uses are for borders, massing, specimen and groundcover. This perennial fern is a deciduous fern that is native to open woods and wooded banks in the eastern and mid-western U. S. It typically grows to 2' tall and features lacy, narrow-triangular, erect to arching, yellowish green fronds (to 30" long). Fronds turn yellow in fall.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is level with the soil surface. Water thoroughly. Best grown in moist, rich, humus, acidic, medium wet loams in part shade to full shade. With consistent moisture, it tolerates full sun. Also tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor rocky soils and, once well established, dry soils. Also tolerates full shade. Spreads aggressively by rhizomes to form colonies.