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Evergreen, Comptonia peregrina has fern-like leaves that also smell sweetly of fern. It has an exotic look but is eminently useful as a bank stabilizer or a colonizer in areas of very poor soil. The yellowish-green spring flowers don't amount to much, but the nutlets that they give way to are interesting in combination with its unusual foliage. It comes from poor, gravelly infertile soils of eastern North America. 1-3' tallMinimum temperature: -50° F