Hay Scented Ferns

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  • 5
    Hay Scented Fern

    Posted by Bonnie Snoot on Aug 28, 2019

    This is a wonderful addition to my flower gardern. Looks great where I planted it.

  • 5
    Hay Scented Ferns

    Posted by Nicholas Morris on Aug 23, 2019

    Great Looking Roots!

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Shipping Information

We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.


Hay Scented Ferns are Non-Flowering Ferns 

The lack of flowers is more than made up by the bright green fronds that smell like hay when broken or crushed. The fast-growing fern prefers shaded areas with slightly acidic soil to grow in, but the plant will adapt to sunny locations with less than ideal soil conditions and be at home in zones 3-8.

Hay Scented Ferns are Excellent Ground Covers for Areas you don't Want to Mow

A Hay Scented Ferns will form a colony and spread rapidly to become a dense ground cover. The plant makes an excellent ground cover for areas that you do not wish to mow or otherwise care for, but the fern can be invasive and is best planted away from cultivated landscape plants. The plant grows a healthy, fibrous underground root system that helps prevent soil erosion.

Hay Scented Ferns are hardy and thrive on their own after stabilized.


Hay-scented ferns thrive on their own after becoming established. Plant bare-root ferns in the soil to which compost has been added. The ferns are hardy and forgiving, but to get a colony established and growing without issue, work compost into the soil before planting to ensure proper draining. Once the hay-scented fern plants have become established, they will need no further care.

Hay Scented Ferns have bright green fonds.


Bright green, large leafy fronds give the impression of textured carpeting after the plant colony becomes established. Planted under the canopy on trees at the edge of a landscape or on a hillside to prevent erosion, hay scent ferns add an interesting architectural element to the landscape view. The fern is deciduous, dropping its multitude of tiny leaves in the fall and returning in all its glory in the early spring.

Hay Scented Ferns are deer resistant.


Deer dislike the taste of hay scent ferns, so the plants can be used as a deterrent in areas where deer are unwelcome. Insects, pests, and other small woodland animals also seem to dislike the scent and flavor of hay-scented fern and are usually not found in the area where these ferns thrive.


The hay-scented fern is a beautiful fern to have around the house. The leaves of this fern turn to a greenish-yellow or green color. This plant spreads very slowly in the shade, but in the good moist soil in full sun, it can spread quite explosively. Deer also use the plant as a cover while they lay down, so it may attract deer to your home. This fern looks good planted almost anywhere, ranging from the garden, natural area, or a hanging basket indoors.

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