Comptonia peregrina (SWEET FERN)


This is a great native sub-shrub for light, sandy soils. It thrives on disturbed land and will colonize such sights over time. It matures to about 3′ tall and 3′ wide and has an informal, loose growth habit—not unruly, but not boxwood-tidy, either. It’s flowers are brown catkins that appear in early spring before the foliage. They develop into bur-like husks that contain small nutlets. The real attraction is the fern-like foliage and intoxicating aroma emitted from the leaves. Here’s a really good blog post that describes some of the uses of sweet fern by indigenous peoples.

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