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An aromatic deciduous shrub (Comptonia peregrina) of eastern North America, having narrow, deeply lobed, fernlike leaves and minute flowers grouped in catkinlike heads.
(Plants) a North American shrub, Comptonia (or Myrica) asplenifolia, having scented fernlike leaves and heads of brownish flowers: family Myricaceae
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|Noun||1.||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|
polypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodium
|2.||sweet fern - deciduous shrub of eastern North America with sweet scented fernlike leaves and tiny white flowers|