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Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive Fern

Plant Type: Fern
MORNING sun/AFTERNOON shade to FULL shade

Large somewhat course textured foliage is bright green. Fertile fronds turn dark brown and roll up. Native to wet woods and moist soils along streams. Sensitive to frost and drought. Fast-creeping rhizomes produce a carpet of light green fronds. A tough fern that thrives in moist soil. Plants die down at the first hint of frost but ornamental fertile fronds remain. These can be used in dried arrangements.





Growth Habit

THRILLER (upright)

Landscape Application:

Group in wet woodland areas, along steams or ponds.

Onoclea sensibilis Plant Care:

Prefers well-drained, amended soil and consistent moisture. Grows taller in wet soil.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Sensitive Fern Merit Awards and Special Collections

Sensitive Fern Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest

EARLY (March-April), MIDSEASON (May-June), LATE (July-frost)

Early Season (March - April)
Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Soil Moisture Needs

High or consistent soil moisture.

Special Benefits
Cut Flower / or Foliage
Dried Flower
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant

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