Dennstaedia punctilobula

Common name: Hay-Scented Fern

Native plant

A very interesting fern botanically as it rolls or folds the edges to protect its "fruiting bodies". It has a wonderful scent and it retains that scent as it dries. In nature it requires very specific soils with lots of rock and a thin, rich soil on top. If you think you have this soil, you do not. Not at all common in Illinois and spotty throughout the region. We will ONLY grow this plant on contract and would likely offer a similar in appearance Dryopertis species.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

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