Comptonia peregrina


Common Names: Sweetfern, sweet-fern
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Myricaceae family

It is native to eastern North America. The common name is confusing, as it is not a fern. It is a low shrub with fern-like leaves that grows to about chest height. It is a deciduous shrub, growing to 1.5 m tall. The leaves of the plant are linear to lanceolate, 3 to 15 cm long and 0.3 to 3 cm broad, with a modified dentate, pinnately lobed margin; they give off a sweet odor, especially when crushed. The flowers are imperfect, meaning that no one flower has both sex parts.

It tends to grow on dry sandy sites, and is associated with pine stands.

Primary Flower Color: Brown
Secondary Flower Color: Green
 
Edible Notes: The aromatic leaves (fresh or dried) are also used to make a tea. The plant has also been used as a seasoning.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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