Onoclea sensibilis

Common name: Sensitive Fern

Native plant

Sensitive fern is a large, somewhat coarse deciduous fern that occurs in wet woods and thickets and in moist soils along streams and springs. Grows up to 4' tall, featuring long-stalked, bright green, fronds. Commonly called sensitive fern because the green vegetative fronds are very sensitive to and suffer almost immediate damage from the first fall frost or to drought. Best grown in organically rich, medium moist, well-drained soil. One of the few ferns that can tolerate full sun conditions if conditions are wet enough. Although native to marshy areas, it grows quite well in average garden soil as long as it is not allowed to dry out. Spreads by both creeping rhizomes and spores, so it can be quite assertive with the right growing conditions.

Also available in quarts.

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Per unit for pint growing method $5.50
Flats $70

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Plant Details

Plant type

Fern

Soil type

Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Yards that Flood

Habitat

Floodplain, Moist Woods, Prairie Grasslands, Savannas, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

N/A

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
1 Feet
Max width
1 Feet

Additional information

Rain garden suited

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