Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern, New Jersey Tea, and Plantain-leaved Pussytoes at Beaux Arbres

Botanical Name: Comptonia peregrina

Height: About 1 m.

Season of bloom: Spring. Grown for attractive, scented foliage, not the modest flowers.

Growing Conditions: Infertile, dry, sandy soil. Full sun to light, part-day shade. A relatively low shrub which suckers.

Wildlife benefits:

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Yes

Remarks: When sited carefully, so its suckering nature is a benefit not a problem, Sweet Fern can be a useful and beautiful landscape choice. Foliage releases fragrance when crushed but also on warm sunny afternoons.

Similar species: Bayberry

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