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Dennstaedtia punctilobula

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Plant types and subtypes: Ferns

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, poor, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: colonizing, fall interest, fragrant plant, naturalizing, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Colony of Dennstaedtia punctilobula (eastern hayscented fern)
  • Dennstaedtia punctilobula (eastern hayscented fern)
  • Colony of Dennstaedtia punctilobula (eastern hayscented fern)
  • Dennstaedtia punctilobula (eastern hayscented fern)
  • Dennstaedtia punctilobula (eastern hayscented fern)

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Description

Dennstaedtia punctilobula

Also known as:

eastern hayscented fern

,

easten hay-scented fern

,

hayscented fern

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

With fronds growing up to 2 feet in length, Dennstaedtia punctilobula has finely divided, hairy, pale green leaves, giving it a delicate and soft appearance. In late summer, the fronds will start turning yellow and orange, giving the plants visual interest well through fall.

Cultivation

Best grown in rich, moist soil in filtered light, eastern hayscented fern will tolerate just about any condition, including poor, dry soil and full sun where moist. An excellent choice for shade gardens and rock gardens alike. It is an early colonizer and will rapidly take over open or disturbed areas that are void of competition. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate by rhizome division in spring, or by spores in late fall.

Additional Notes

This fern can be differentiated from other similar species by the sweet, hay-like scent released when the fronds are crushed or rubbed between the fingers.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision
Division Pteridophyta Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Subclass
Order Polypodiales
Family Dennstaedtiaceae Bracken Fern family
Genus Dennstaedtia hayscented fern
Species Dennstaedtia punctilobula eastern hayscented fern