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Hay Scented Fern

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Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Year Round
Sun & Shade,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant,

Reviews (5)

  • 4
    Needs work

    Posted by Scott, MA on 31st Mar 2017

    I had to pick my plants out from what looked like weeds, but so far they are growing and doing good. Time will tell

  • 4
    Must have

    Posted by Taylen Isaiah on 30th Mar 2017

    Very pretty fern and smells good too

  • 4
    Healthy and growing

    Posted by Garden lover, ME on 30th Mar 2017

    They are healthy and growing well

  • 5
    Gets my vote!

    Posted by Roland Ganger on 28th Mar 2017

    Was skeptical at first from ordering online but I am so impressed I am working on another order now!

  • 4

    Posted by Jill Davis on 7th May 2016

    Customer service gets 5stars

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

Shipping Dates
Ships Year Round


Hay Scented Fern - Dennstaedtia punctilobula

The hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctiloba) thrives in zones 3-8. This beautiful lacy plant gets to a height of two feet tall and reaches up to four feet wide. The hay-scented fern is yellowish green with feather-like fronds. The plant appears greener during the spring and summer and turns yellowish during the autumn. The hay-scented fern also has small dots on the back of the blades of the plant. The stalk below the edge of the fern appears dark brown and covered with white hairs. Triangular fronds are another distinguishing characteristic of the hay-scented greenery.

The hay-scented fern is a deciduous plant that turns a lovely shade of golden yellow in the autumn. The plant produces the scent of newly mown hay when if crushed or when a person walks on it. It reproduces through spreading roots or rhizomes. Planting hay-scented ferns about 18 inches apart allow them to grow and fill in an area.

Hay Scented Ferns are very easy to grow and care for and are great for all homeowners and gardeners

Like most ferns, the hay-scented fern prefers partially shady areas. It requires slightly acidic soil. The hay-scented fern thrives where it is planted, multiplies quickly, and repels deer. Growing this fern provides a lovely carpeted area under shrubs and around walkways. When a person plants this fern, it soon fills in the space of landscaping that discourages weeds from coming up and spreading.

Attracts Butterflies and Birds
Planting the hay-scented fern encourages the appearance of Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue and Orange Sulphur butterflies as well as birds like the Savannah Sparrow, American Goldfinch and Field Sparrows.

Once the plant becomes established, and the roots take hold, there's not a lot of work to do to care for these ferns. Adding a gentle fertilizer, such as fish emulsion, keeps the greenery well fed and growing profusely. The plant makes a lovely border for a flower bed or another area of the garden. Hay-scented ferns live for an average of ten years and are very hardy.

Hay Scented Ferns bring lots of color to gardens and create a beautiful and natural looking ground cover

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