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Comptonia peregrina

sweet-fern

Comptonia's leaves emanate a slightly citrusy, pungently herbal aroma. This species is in fact a woody shrub, a good option for those who love aromatic plants or for planting in relative shade, it also pairs beautifully with broad-leafed groundcovers.

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Height: 1-3 ft
Spread: 2-5 ft
Hardiness Zone: 2-6


Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Average
Dry
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Host Plant
Tolerance
Salt Tolerant
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Edible
Fragrant
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


sweet-fern - Comptonia peregrina from Native Plant Trust
sweet-fern - Comptonia peregrina from Native Plant Trust
sweet-fern - Comptonia peregrina from Native Plant Trust