Hayscented Fern

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Easy Breezy Carpets of Greenery With Hayscented Fern!

  • Graceful, Finely-Cut Lacy Foliage
  • Light Green Fresh Fronds
  • Upward Arching Fountain Growth
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Scented Like Freshly Mown Grass
  • Full Shade, Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Tolerates Poor Soil
  • Hardy U.S. Native Fern
  • Golden-Russet Fall Color
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Cold Hardy Deciduous Groundcover
  • Woodland & Naturalizing Accent

Graceful and airy and vibrant green, Hayscented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) is a unique woodland plant with fragrant fronds.

Spreading to form colonies of airy, upward arching fronds, Hayscented Fern fills dreary shaded corners with incredible lushness. This hardy native has uniformly triangular leaves that are deeply cut leaflets, divided further into smaller leaflets yet!

Lovely light green to yellow-green, lush foliage carpet areas in both shade and sun. In fall, the fronds take on a russet golden hue and blend in with the autumn colors all around the shady areas of your garden!

These easy-to-grow Ferns are highly rabbit and deer-resistant, these incredibly fast-growing, ground covers are tolerant in a wide range of conditions!

How to Use Hayscented Fern In The Landscape

A native colonizer that covers ground fast, Hay-scented Fern is perfect for filling in and between your garden beds and along the edges of the wood.

An amazingly verdant groundcover, waste areas and shady edges along your shed, garage and foundations, Hayscented fronds spill and ramble around rock gardens and cottage plantings.

Wild areas become lush expanses that soothe the senses in 2-foot tall lacy spears. Easy to maintain and incredibly low maintenance, but also disease and pest-free.

Adding sophisticated texture to your garden and large planters, Hayscented Fern provides low screening and privacy around patios and along your larger beds and borders.

Plant near where you can brush against it or the breeze can carry the fresh sweet smell of mown hay.

These hardy natives are typically found rambling along open woods and along shaded river banks. Spreading vigorously by rhizomes in the dappled shade, and colonize en masse.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Hayscented Fern can handle the densest shade in the warmer climates and full sun in cooler areas, these natives are found naturalizing in growing zones 3 to 8. These are incredibly tolerant, resilient and adaptable plants we're sure will make themselves right at home in your landscape.

Their sun tolerance depends on their access to moisture; more water means Hayscented Fern can take more sun! Typically enjoying consistent moisture and humidity for the healthiest plants possible.

Doing best in rich, humus that is well-drained, Hayscented Fern even tolerates rocky soil as long as it has plenty of organic matter.

Living up to 10 years, these are vibrant and tough Ferns. Hardy and disease resistant, pest-free and stand up to deer and rabbit browse.

Sometimes a plant performs just a bit too well in certain areas. Rest assured, Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to track all federal, state and local regulations on invasive materials. We will always protect you and your community.

Plants are an investment in our future. We're happy to offer this special selection for sale into areas where it will work beautifully without any concern. To check your availability, simply type in your Zip Code to Find Your Growing Zone in the section above the Plant Highlights.

Hayscented Ferns add fresh green hues, soothing carpets of fragrance and native hardiness to your landscape by ordering yours from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Hayscented Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Botanical Name Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring