Hay Scented Fern
Parathelypteris noveboracensis, Hay Scented Fern is one of the largest ones that an still have a lacy or delicate appearance. They are known as fast growers and will put themselves in unwanted areas. Make an excellent ground cover and prevents soil erosions in specific areas, as most ferns do. It is sometimes compared and thought of like the New York Fern. Also, like most ferns, it dies over in the winter, and it will turn a pretty golden orange color.
It is a general plant, and it can be found in open wooded areas and tends to grow in large colonies. It puts off a pleasant sweet mowed hay fragrance. This fern has a pleasant smell, which is why most homeowners prefer it.
If you want to plant beautiful hay-scented ferns, you will need soil that is able to drain well to begin.
If your soil is poor, you might want to add some compost to it to give the plants much needed extra minerals. Ferns grow better when they are 18 inches apart—plant ferns in mostly shady places. Hay scented ferns are a pretty green color that turns into a light yellow in the fall time. Hay scented ferns are very strong and will take over. Plant hay-scented ferns away from weaker plants. Dig holes in the prepared soil the same depth of the size of the ferns bulb. Place the fern's rhizome bulbs into the fertile soil and cover. Do not pack the soil too tightly. Once the hay-scented fern takes root, there isn't much more you need to do. Hay scented ferns grow well in the eastern states of North America.
Climate Zone: 3 to 9
Mature Height: 1 to 2 feet
Sunlight: full to partial shade
Soil Condition: moist and acidic