Sweet Fern, Sweetfern, Sweet-fern Comptonia peregrina - Myrica comptonia

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Botanical Name:

Comptonia peregrina







Common Name:

Sweet Fern, Sweetfern, Sweet-fern

4-5 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

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  • Comptonia peregrina

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: Sporadic germination may occur over a 2-3 year period.
In a Nutshell:
* Comptonia is a monotypic genus (containing only Comptonia peregrina ) in the family Myricaceae , order Fagales . It is native to eastern North America , from southern Quebec south to the extreme north of Georgia , and west to Minnesota .
* The common name is Sweetfern or Sweet-fern, a confusing name as it is not a fern.
* t is a deciduous shrub, growing to 1.5 m tall. The leaves of the plant are linear to lanceolate, 3-15 cm long and 0.3-3 cm broad, with a modified dentate, pinnately lobed margin, they give off a sweet odor, especially when crushed.
* It tends to grow on dry sandy sites, and is associated with pine stands. more...
* Sweet fern was employed medicinally by several native North American Indian tribes who used it especially as a poultice to treat a variety of complaints. It is still used for most of the same purposes in modern herbalism. more...
* A broad, flat-topped shrub native to northeast U.S., has fragrant foliage, long, narrow, frondlike leaves, a nitrogen-fixer, so good for poor soils, takes sun or part shade.