Sweet Fern

Comptonia peregrina

Sweet Fern, Comptonia peregrina, is not actually a fern but a low-growing shrub with fern-like leaves that give off a pleasant fragrance when crushed. It can form a colony, so give this plant some room. Sweet Fern grows well in sandy soils, from well-drained dry sites to the edges of marshes. …

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Plants 4" Pots
1-4 $8.99 ea.
5-10 $7.99 ea.
11-31 $6.99 ea.
32+ $5.99 ea.
Availability: In stock
SKU
70210-04
Cultural Details
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 2' - 5'
Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Bloom Time Apr, May, June
Spacing 3'
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Host Plant, Deer Resistant

Sweet Fern, Comptonia peregrina, is not actually a fern but a low-growing shrub with fern-like leaves that give off a pleasant fragrance when crushed. It can form a colony, so give this plant some room. Sweet Fern grows well in sandy soils, from well-drained dry sites to the edges of marshes. An important larval host plant for a wide variety of moths including the Io moth, and several sphinx moth species, it is also a host plant for the Anise Swallowtail butterfly.