Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Hay-scented Fern

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Deer ResistantPart ShadeShadeBird Friendly
Hay-scented Fern
Dennstaedtia punctilobula

This plant's yellow-green fronds are distinctive as they rise and arch to create great texture and an aggressive carpet of foliage for moist areas. It's perfect for massing and reclamations in shade, while it provides essential cover for woodland animals.

Thrives in moist soil and shady areas
Distinctive, striking yellow-green frond color
Provides great texture when in wave plantings
Perfect for holding soil in reclaimed areas
Essential source of cover for small animals
Grows and will spread even in sun

Native Range

Moist, wooded areas from Maine west to Wisconsin, south to Alabama and Georgia

Interesting Facts

Hayscented Fern got its name from the distinct aroma of wet hay that comes from crushing its fronds. Native ferns like this one provide subtle color and texture to shady areas while wildlife depends on the cover they provide.


Prefers part sun to light shade, mesic conditions and a somewhat acidic soil containing sand and loam. This fern will grow in open areas and can spread aggressively. Plant it where it will have room to grow and spread. 

Mature Size: 24-30in. Tall x 30-36in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

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