Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Shade
Height: 2-5 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow – Green
Bloom Season: April – June
Suggested Uses: Sweet Fern is an excellent plant for planting around foundations. Great under taller shrubs and short trees. Best used in mass plantings or repetition in the landscape.
Native Range: Native to New England, Appalachia and the Great Lakes.
Leaves: 1 1/4″ to 5″ leaves are simple and alternate, linear-oblong or lance-linear, toothless but fern-like with deep rounded to squarish lobes.
Not actually a fern, Sweet Fern is a member of the Bayberry family. Its fragrant leaves can be used to make herbal tea. It is said to relieve poison ivy itching.
More information: USDA plant profile