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Plant Species of the genus Comptonia

Information about this genus
Name: Comptonia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: An inhabitant of fields and woodlands, sweet fern prefers moist, well-drained, humus-enriched, slightly acidic soil and a position in full sun or partial shade. Thin out the older wood occasionally to encourage fresh young shoots and maintain the plant?s vigor. Propagate by seed, layering or by removing rooted suckers.
Description: Native to eastern North America and found from Nova Scotia to Georgia, the sole species in this genus is a small, suckering, deciduous shrub that eventually develops into a many-stemmed thicket. Its foliage is pleasantly aromatic and although more lobed than pinnate, it is rather ferny, hence the common name sweet fern. It blooms in spring and early summer when it produces male and female flowers on separate catkins. The catkins are a red-brown shade, as is the down that coats the young leaves.

Specie Vernacular Zone
peregrina 4-9



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