sweet fern


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Related to sweet fern: Comptonia peregrina, sheep laurel

sweet fern,

common name for several plants belonging to different botanical divisions. One is a shrub of the family Myricaceae (bayberrybayberry,
common name for the Myricaceae, a family of trees and shrubs with aromatic foliage, found chiefly in temperate and subtropical regions. The waxy gray "berries" of the North American wild or cultivated bayberry shrubs (chiefly Myrica cerifera
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 family) in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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; others are plants of the genus Dryopteris in the division PolypodiophytaPolypodiophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of the plants commonly called ferns. The ferns are vascular plants with stems, roots, and leaves. The small and inconspicuous gametophyte and the large spore-producing fern plant are quite independent of each other.
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 (fernsfern,
any plant of the division Polypodiophyta. Fern species, numbering several thousand, are found throughout the world but are especially abundant in tropical rain forests. The ferns and their relatives (e.g.
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sweet fern

sweet fern

Strongly aromatic. Used for healing of the gums, ulcers, bleeding conditions, (astringent) ulcerative colitis, Crohn's. Helps all kinds of health conditions by taking the tea several times a day 5 days a week. Putting sweet fern leaves mixed in with a batch of blueberries helps magically preserve the blueberries for weeks, even a month. It is said sweet fern helps preserve life itself.
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At Leesville East Natural Area (site 2) densities of trees averaged 74.1 stems/ha, and density of trees was 104.1 stems/ha at Sweet Fern Land and Water Reserve (site 3).
pratensis was relatively common at some sites, having an importance value of 5.5 at Sweet Fern Land and Water Reserve (site 3).
Thus nimble Eustace helps the pedantic, measure-driven Sweet Fern, "a good little boy, who [is] always making particular inquiries about the precise height of giants and the littleness of fairies" (59), to open his mind to the imaginative possibilities beyond empirical data.
At rest on this spring day, Sweet Fern, Cowslip, Squash Blossom, and Dandelion first drink in a delicious narrative draught from "He Miraculous Pitcher" and then tumble about the spring wild flowers with the "elderly" and "circumspect" dog Ben.
Description: Sweet fern is a low growing, deciduous shrub that is extremely aromatic when crushed.
Medicinal Uses: Externally, sweet fern has been used to relieve itching and irritation from skin conditions such as poison ivy, general rashes, insect bites, and shingles.