Hayscented fern is very common, and it often grows in large colonies, forming a carpet. It can be identified by its lacy, light-green fronds. It can be confused with New York fern, but hayscented fern has triangular fronds, whereas New York fern fronds taper to tiny leaflets at the bottom.
- Family: hayscented fern (Dennstaedtiaceae)
- Habitat: woods and open woods
- Height: fronds 12-18 inches long
- Location of spores: underside of fronds (see third image below)
- Petiole (leaf stalk): finely downy; groove very shallow or none
- Growth pattern: random
- Persistence: deciduous
- Origin: native
Hayscented fern has light-green, lacy fronds.
Underside of a frond, showing the very small, round sori (spore-bearing dots).