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Hay Scented Fern

SKU: AM015008
per Bag of 3
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Striking Foliage
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season


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.