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Pest Information

Fern, sweet

Fern, sweet

  • Latin Name: Comptonia peregrina Coult
  • Common Name: Fern, sweet
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Fern, sweet
Fern, sweet
Fern, sweet


Native to eastern North America, and occurring in the United States from Minnesota southeast to Georgia and along the entire east coast except for Florida.


A perennial that reproduces with spores and from underground rhizomes. Plants grow to around 2 feet in height and are capable of forming dense thickets, usually in semi-shaded habitats along the edges of wooded areas. This plant is a protected species in several states.


Stems are stiff and fibrous, and are a red color and have a rough, scaly texture to them. The leaves are around 5 or 6 inches in length and also have a rough texture to them. They are deeply cut into large serrations along either side of the mid-vein, the serrate sections alternating along the vein.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

There is no need to control this plant when growing in natural areas.

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