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Comptonia peregrina

Sweetfern

Family Myriaceae


Use
A tea can be made by brewing the dried leaves.

Description

Growth Form: Low shrub.

Leaves: 7.5-15cm (3-6in) long, alternate, fern-like, elongated with tooth-like lobes, light green becoming dark green, glossy above. Produces a strong aroma when crushed.

Flowers: yellow to greenish in color, small, catkins. Flowers April through May.

Fruits: Cluster of small, non-waxy nutlets

Leaf (Hannah Ramer. Cold Spring Park, Newton, MA)
Leaves

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Habitat and Range

Xeric soils in cool climates. Found from Manitoba and Nova Scotia south to Minneasota, Illinois east to Virginia.

Season

Leaves should be harvested in the summer.

 

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