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Hay-scented Fern’s Fall Colors

10-11-16-hay-scented-fern-20161005_4101Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) is well-named, for when the leaves, or fronds, are brushed against or bruised, they release a fragrance reminiscent of fresh mown hay. This fern often grows in colonies, spreading from rhizomes underground. Hay-scented Fern is easily detected at this time of year because the fronds turn beautiful shades of pale yellow. It can be found in both dry and moist soil as well as in full shade and full sun. Hay-scented Fern often thrives in wooded areas where there is a high population of White-tailed Deer, as it is not a preferred food source.

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2 responses

  1. Doreen Morse

    Not only is it beautiful in the Summer and Fall, it has a wonderful ability to grow within other ground covers without interfering with their growth. I have hay scented fern growing in a large patch of pachysandra at the edge of my lawn. It adds color and height to the scene all Summer and Fall, and then when the fern dies back, the entire patch of pachysandra stays green all winter; a great combo.

    October 11, 2016 at 8:24 am

  2. Kathryn

    Subtle color and so beautiful.

    October 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

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