Comptonia peregrina

Sweet Fern

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Sweet Fern is an upright spreading native deciduous shrub with deeply notched aromatic dark green foliage resembling a fern frond.  Its insignificant greenish flower blooms in spring and is followed by brown burr-like nuggets.  Easily grows in average well-drained soil.  Drought tolerant.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

2’ - 5’

Spread: 

4’ - 8'

Spacing: 

6’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

2 - 6

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Green

Season of Interest: 

Multi-Season

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  No serious pests or diseases.  Does not transplant well, but will form colonies once established.

 LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized Areas, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Prairie Dropseed, Wild Bergamot, Musclewood

Image: Sten PorseComptonia-peregrina-habitusCC BY-SA 3.0

 

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