Hay Scented Fern

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 Hay Scented Fern, Dennstaedtia Punctilobula Grows well in Shade and Partial Sun

This fern has fronds that can grow to be 40-100 cm tall. It typically grows in woods or open woods that have either damp or dry acidic soils. Hardy planting zones are 3-8. The growth rate is up to 12 inches per year for the Hay-Scented Fern. Hay Scented Fern gets its name because when the fronds are broken, crushed, or damaged, they have a light smell of hay. They can grow up to 36 inches tall and up to 9 feet wide. This fern can grow well in the shade to partial sun. It is a fast grower and can become established quickly. They grow in areas that are hard to grow other plants. It can become a groundcover if left ungroomed.

It is mistaken a lot for other ferns, but once you smell it, you know the name. It will die in the cold winter and then grow back the following year. It has a golden yellow color in the fall. This fern would go great in an area where one needs or wants to cover a large area quickly and cheaply that is also attractive. However, due to its hardiness, it is not advised to plant this fern and weaker growing plants as it will take them over. Due to how quickly they can spread, it is recommended to plant them 18 inches apart. Although they plant in full sun, they will not have their lush look in a complete sun environment.


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 You can find Dennstaedtia punctilobula from Newfoundland to different areas of Wisconsin across eastern North America. It spreads from Arkansas across the southern Appalachian Mountains and northern Alabama. This fern is most prevalent in the east, with only dispersed communities in the western region. It is a perennial fern with fronds of a 10–30 cm width. The fronds are small-scale, with pinnatifid pinnules three times as long as wide. It grows on moist or dry acidic soils in woodlands or open woods at altitudes ranging from sea level to 1,200 meters.

The fronds of this fern can reach a height of 40-100 cm. 

It prefers damp or dry acidic soils and thrives in woodlands or open woods. Growing zones 3–8 are highly suitable for these ferns. The Hay-Scented Fern grows at a rate of up to 12 inches each year. The term "Hay Scented" comes from the fact that when the fronds are torn, crushed, or damaged, they emit a mild hay scent. They can reach a height of 36 inches and a width of 9 feet. This fern thrives in the shade to partial sunlight. It is a fast-growing plant that can establish itself. They thrive in areas where other plants struggle to thrive. If left alone, it can develop a groundcover.

People often confuse it with other ferns. However, once you smell it, you'll know what it's called. It will perish over the cold winter and regrow the coming year. In the fall, it turns a golden yellow. This fern will be ideal in a situation where a vast area needs to be covered fast and cheaply while also being lovely. Due to its resilience, however, it is not recommended to plant this fern with weaker growing plants because it will overtake the plants nearby. Because of how quickly they spread, it's best to space them out 18 inches apart. 

Hay Scented Ferns ,Even if they are planted in full sun, will not have the same lush appearance in full sun

Dennstaedtia punctilobula impacts the underbrush vegetation dynamics of several forests in the eastern American areas. In open places, a quantity of Rubus Alleghenies supports the growth of new tree seedlings. There are no severe insect or disease issues. By late summer, its fronds in hot weather climates begin to dwindle. It's an excellent choice for naturalizing woodlands, shade landscapes, cottage gardens, or rural regions. The Hay Scented fern is a unique fern with a catchy appearance and distinct aroma. You can buy the fern for sale from us; We have a whole range of ferns. It is up to you which fern you want for your garden. Different offers, sales, and packages are also on the go. 

Best Time to Harvest: June-September

Water: Drought tolerance when established

Zone: 3-8

Height at Maturity: 1-3 feet

Sun Exposure: Partial shade in full sun

Ship as: Bareroot


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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
Planting Zones 3-8
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2 Reviews

  • 5
    Hay Scented Fern

    Came as a bag of loose rhizomes. They all seemed healthy and had a snap to them. I got a lot more than the 25 I ordered. I don't know if this was a mistake, or they are just very generous with this variety.

  • 5
    Just lovely

    Loved this look! Very big and full!

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