Comptonia peregrina

Common name: Sweet-fern

Native plant

A small shrub from a distance, a monster presenceĀ up close. Sweet-fern is restricted to well-drained sites that are rocky, sandy or sloped, and there is no way around this. In fact, they prove very durable on poor soils. The fern-like leaves lend a fuzzy, almost cuddly, feel to this plant. They do tend to colonize areas where the site allows and can make a great ground-cover on light soils. On top of all the attractive aspects that this plant has, its the scent that really sets it apart. The name says it all, and it smells like heaven.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Ground cover, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color

Russet Orange


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

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