An indigenous plant that has a habit of rapidly taking over large areas, while crowding out other native species.
How does hay scented fern affect the forest?
Hay scented fern is very shade tolerant and can grow in almost anywhere in any condition.
Once in an area, this fern can dominate a forest significantly affecting long term forest health and sustainability. Hay-scented fern isn't eaten by deer or other native animals.
This fern grows in large colonies creating dense shade and thick root systems that make it almost impossible for hardwood seedlings to grow.
The roots also produce biochemical reactions known as an allelopathic effect. An allelopathic effect is a plants way of protecting itself and having a defense against other organisms.
Easily recognized by strong hay smell when blade is crushed between two fingers or fern is dried.
Fern stands 1-3 feet.
Blades are lacy, soft, and hairy.
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