- a North American shrub, Comptonia (or Myrica) asplenifolia, having scented fernlike leaves and heads of brownish flowers: family Myricaceae
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Examples from the Web for sweet fern
Looking at those deep tides of sweet-fern, I had an inspiration.The Tent Dwellers
Albert Bigelow Paine
Dew on the sweet-fern exhaling, dew on the ghost-flower, dew on the scented brake!Cardigan
Robert W. Chambers
The sweet-fern and indigo in overgrown wood-paths wet you with dew up to your middle.Excursions and Poems
Henry David Thoreau
When the snowstorm began, he had selected a cozy spot in the lee of the sweet-fern patch, and had let himself be snowed over.
At last I would reach a barway sunken in masses of sweet-fern and shaded by thickets of alder and witch-hazel.