The Hay-Scented Fern (named after it’s scent) is scientifically known as Dennstaedtia punctilobula and is a native North American fern. It is organically grown on our renewable fields. This fern is a beautiful addition to any shaded moss lawn or natural landscape. It has an interesting aesthetic appeal, scent and improved the local biodiversity.
- Name: Hay-Scented Fern
- Scientific Name: Dennstaedtia punctilobula
- Appearance: This fern has divided, lacy fronds which gives it an airy and delicate texture. The fern can grow up to three feet tall with dense and lush clusters.
- Color: The fronds the Hay-Scented Fern are of a vibrant light green. Sometimes it can have a slightly glossy appearance and it can keep you garden green all year around.
- Environment: This fern is naturally found in variety of forested habitats across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. It prefers shaded or partially shaded conditions with enough moisture.
- Soil Preference: It can adapt to a wide range of soil types but thrives best in moist and well-drained soils.
- Growth Habit: This fern can form extensive colonies and create large areas of dense ground cover.
- Erosion Control: Its dense growth habit helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion, especially useful on slopes or in areas prone to soil disturbance.
- Biodiversity: This fern offers habitat and shelter for local wildlife and plays an important role in the biodiversity of an ecosystem.
- Maintenance: Once established it requires minimal care. This makes it a popular low-maintenance option for gardeners who want to add some greenness to shady areas in wintertime.
- Benefits: The Hay-Scented moss has an aesthetic value and a unique hay-scented fragrance when brushed or crushed, making it a unique addition to any garden.
- Usage: Often used for naturalizing woodland gardens, or adding texture and fragrance to shaded (moss) garden beds and also used for erosion control efforts in landscape design.