Comptonia peregrina

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Sandy, acidic, dry to moist
Bloom Time: Inconspicuous yellowish green flowers in April, May, June
Size: 1-3 feet in height; 4-8 foot spread

Plant the nitrogen-fixing shrub as a ground cover for erosion control, foundation planting, mixed border, or massing. Colony forming, little management is needed. Fern-like leaves smell sweet and are deer resistant. Nice fall color.

Garden Companions

Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica), Beach Plum (Prunus maritima), Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Nature Benefits

• Larval host for several sphinx moths, gray hairstreak butterfly, and others.
• Nutlets attract butterflies and birds.

Native Habitat

Occurs in clearings, pastures, edges of bog roads, and woodlands.

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