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Sweet fern   /swit fərn/   Listen
Sweet fern

Mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia.  Synonyms: adder's fern, common polypody, golden maidenhair, golden polypody, Polypodium vulgare, wall fern.
Deciduous shrub of eastern North America with sweet scented fernlike leaves and tiny white flowers.  Synonyms: Comptonia asplenifolia, Comptonia peregrina.

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"Sweet fern" Quotes from Famous Books

... custom—to go up to the top of the hill to watch the sunset. Up between flowering borders and through a grassy orchard the path climbed, thence to wind through thickets of sweet fern and scramble around boulders over a wild, fragrant pasture slope. It was beautiful up there on the hilltop, with its few big sheltering trees, its welter of green crests on every side, and its line of far blue peaks behind which the sun went down—beautiful ...
— The Camerons of Highboro • Beth B. Gilchrist

... catboat, with sails close-hauled, was making her way out of the channel, a wake of snowy foam churning behind her in the blue water. Through the door of the shed swept a breeze that rustled the shavings on the floor and blended the fragrance of newly cut wood with the warm perfume of sweet fern ...
— Flood Tide • Sara Ware Bassett

... the point. That letter was from an old friend of mother's, Mrs. Leighton. She has a home up in the country, Sweet Fern Cottage I think they call it, or ...
— Peggy Raymond's Vacation - or Friendly Terrace Transplanted • Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith

Words linked to "Sweet fern" :   shrub, bush, Comptonia peregrina, genus Comptonia, Comptonia, polypody

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