Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. March 2011.
Scientific name: Comptonia peregrina (L.) J.M. Coult.; also Myrica aspleniifolia L.
Common name(s): sweet fern, sweet-fern
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– perennial shrub
– flowers April-May.
Woody shrub up to 3′ tall with erect or spreading branches. Leaves and stems covered with hairs. Leaves are alternate, linear 3″-6″ long and deeply lobed. Leaves and stems fragrant when crushed.