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
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
Pricing & Availability
Dennstaedtia punctilobulaAlso known as:
eastern hayscented fern,
easten hay-scented fern,
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.
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
Propagate by rhizome division in spring, or by spores in late fall.
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
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
|Family||Dennstaedtiaceae||Bracken Fern family|
|Species||Dennstaedtia punctilobula||eastern hayscented fern|