Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Michx.) T. Moore
Eastern hay-scented fern, Eastern hayscented fern
Dennstaedtiaceae (Bracken Indies-Almond Family)
The fronds of eastern hay-scented fern are as much as a foot wide and occur singly in large colonies. The foliage is medium-green and two or three times cut, yielding a fine texture. The most striking thing about this 1-3 ft. fern is the soft, hairy surface of its fronds.
From a distance, hay scented fern can be confused with lady fern or silvery glade fern, but it may be recognized by the sweet scent of new mown hay which is released when the blade is crushed between the fingers or when it is dried.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MO , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
GA & AL to AR, n. to s. Nf., s.w. Que., MI, s. IL & MO Native Habitat:
Rocky, open woods; shady places; damp slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained, somewhat sterile soil.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Last Update: 2007-01-01