Sweetfern Plant Info: What Are Sweetfern Plants

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Sweetfern Plant Info: What Are Sweetfern Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What are sweetfern plants? For starters, sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) isn’t a fern at all but actually belongs to the same plant family as wax myrtle or bayberry. This attractive plant is named for the narrow, fern-like leaves and sweet-smelling foliage. Interested in growing sweetferns in your garden? Read on to learn how. Sweetfern Plant Info Sweetfern is a family of shrubs and small trees measuring 3 to 6 feet (1-2 m.). This cold-tolerant plant thrives in chilly temps of USDA plant hardiness zone 2 to 5, but suffers in warmer climates above zone 6. Hummingbirds and pollinators love the yellowish-green blooms, which appear in early spring and sometimes last through summer. The blooms are replaced by greenish-brown nutlets. Sweetfern Uses Once established, sweetfern grows in dense colonies, which makes it a great choice for stabilizing soil and controlling erosion. It works

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