This is the only plant that we sell that has an expected loss rate
(with every other plant that we sell you should not lose a single plant).
It is NOT recommended for anyone who is not experienced with this challenging fern.
If you plant it properly, give it a suitable environment, and keep it adequately moist,
25% of these plants will not emerge after transplanting.
If your environment and/or care is less than ideal, you could lose ALL of the plants.
If you are not willing to assume this riak, do not order these plants.
We will not replace or refund any plants that do not survive.
FYI: Tops that are on these when we ship will die back.
They will later send up new tops.
If they have no tops when we ship they will sometimes send up tops just to die back and send up new tops later.
This is odd behaviour, but that is what happens.
Make sure you look at
an example of a bare root Hayscented fern
so you are not shocked by the "hairy sticks" you will receive.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to plant these roots parallel to the ground (do not plant them with the root pointing up/down, the root should be pointing side-to-side), about 1 inch below the surface of the soil.
Note: do not worry if they shoot up tops and then die back, that can happen and is not a cause for concern.
New foliage will appear later.
Unique and prized for its delightful fragrance of freshly mown hay when crushed or bruised, Dennstaedtia punctilobula is a fantastic perennial groundcover for those with a large, blank canvas looking for economic and
Light green fans of foliage turn golden in autumn brightening shaded gardens with soft luminescence.
fronds create texture and movement.
Hay-scented Fern is tolerant of most soil types provided it is somewhat acidic, will grow in
(just give her regular moisture without leaving her feet wet), and absolutely adores a dappled shade environment.
She is appreciated by gardeners for her willingness to
in shaded spots and harsh urban elements in city locales as well as the fact that
tend to avoid her.
Reaching heights of nearly 3 feet, this fern behaves beautifully as a taller
performs famously on a shaded slope
in woodland settings by underground
In mass plantings, which is hands-down the best application due to her slightly invasive personality, Hay-scented fern becomes a softly glowing thicket of lush green foliage that arches gracefully toward the light.
Please read about bare root plants so you know what to expect
The clusters of
are surrounded by cup-shaped coverings, hence the sometimes used common name of cup fern for plants in the genus Dennstaedtia.
This genus honors A. W. Dennstaedt, an 18th century German botanist.
In hot, southern climates, Hay-scented Fern's foliage tends to go dormant in summer, so you will want to consider a companion plant with a late bloom time,
or richly colored foliage.
If you need a border, try a row of Hay-scented Fern with a
such as Amethyst Mist whose deep burgundy foliage provides a gorgeous contrast.