Hay Scented Fern

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Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. Growing from 18-24" tall, Hay-Scented Fern will spread quickly to form colonies that can cover a large expanse. When the fronds are disturbed, the lovely scent of summertime hay wafts through the air. (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Easy To Grow
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 18-24" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season
Item Package SizeBag of 3

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
18-24" tall x 24-36" wide. Hay-Scented Fern is a lush, naturalizing fern that can cover some ground! Delicate, lacy fronds emit a fresh-mown grass smell when brushed, and its bright green foliage turns a golden-russet color in fall. Use it to fill in open spaces or gaps in greenery. It’s a pushy neighbor though, so don’t plant it amongst delicate plants; place it where it has room to spread and grow. Deer resistant and easy-care, Hay-Scented Fern likes well-drained, moist soil. As with many ferns, if the soil is kept consistently moist, this one can even tolerate full sun, although it will look its best with some shade. Native to the open woods east of the Mississippi.
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Item Package Size
Bag of 3
Common Name
Hay Scented Fern
Botanical Name
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As
Bare Root
Lacy yellow-green fronds.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Deer Resistant, Native, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit
bare root
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of April 24th, 2023
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of April 10th, 2023
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