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Common Names: Hay-scented Fern

Scientific Name: Dennstaedtia punctilobula


Fern Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: Typically grows to a height of 1-3 ft.
  • Foliage: The fronds are delicate, finely textured, and emit a distinctive hay-like fragrance when crushed.


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: Low to Medium
  • Light Requirement: Part Shade to Full Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Moist to Well-drained


Ecological Benefits

Hay-scented Fern contributes to woodland habitats in Maryland by providing cover and habitat for small creatures, along with stabilizing soils. Its fragrant foliage adds a sensory dimension to shaded areas. As a native fern, it supports local ecosystems and is part of the state's natural heritage.

Hay-scented Fern

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