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Comptonia peregrinaComptonia peregrina

sweetfern

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS BES

Characteristics

Height: 3-3'
Spread: 3-6'
Flowers: Apr.-May; yellow-green
Fruit: Aug.-Oct.; green to brown; cone/cone-like
Fall color: brown

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: 4-7
Soil type: Loamy Sandy Organic

Habitat

hillsides or dry cliffs, woods openings, sand flats and barrens, old fields, dunes

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD DE PA NY WV VA

Wildlife

Songbird Small mammal *

Notes

fragrant; fixes nitrogen, leaves may persist into winter



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1225.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004