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sweetfern
sweetfern
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A deciduous shrub of eastern North America with sweet scented fern like leaves and tiny white flowers
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Sweetfern Plant

Description for Sweetfern

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Comptonia is a monotypic genus in the family Myricaceae, order Fagales. It is native to eastern North America, from southern Quebec south to the extreme north of Georgia, and west to Minnesota.

Common name(s): -
Flower colours: White,Green
Bloom time: April to May
Max reachable height: 2 to 5 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

This low growing shrub does best in sandy soils, from well-drained dry sites to the edges of marshes. Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina) grows in Full sun to light shade, producing fern-like leaves that have a pleasant fragrance when crushed, hence the name. Often forms large colonies, so give this plant some room. Sweet Fern is a larval host plant for the Grey Hairstreak Butterfly.

Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Medium
Temperature: 40 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Sweetfern

    Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Adaptable plant that tolerates wet conditions and wind (including sheltered seashore areas), drought and a wide range of soils (prefers sandy, acidic loams, but tolerates poor soils). Does not transplant well. Once established, however, it can spread rapidly to form colonies.

Typical uses of Sweetfern

Special features: A good shrub for areas with poor soils, such as along alleys, waste areas or roads. An interesting and vigorous plant for native plant gardens or naturalized areas where it can be left alone to colonize.

Culinary use: Leaves

Medicinal use: Sweetfern has medicinal properties and has been known to assist every organ in the elimination of toxins

References

    http://www.prairienursery.com/store/native-plants/sweet-fern-comptonia-peregrina#.V-uNycnhXIU http://www.gardenguides.com/69817-grow-sweet-fern.html http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c240

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