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Onoclea sensibilis
Onoclea sensibilis
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Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive Fern

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 9.045.900

Native to Eastern North America, this is a spreading fern that will form a colony in a suitable moist to wet site. Sensitive Fern gets its name from the fact that it will go dormant during summer drought or at the first signs of frost in the fall. Broad leaflets on the taller sterile fronds have a nearly tropical appearance. Shorter, brownish fertile fronds appear at the base of the plant in mid summer. Combines well with larger forms of Hosta and other vigorous shade-loving plants. Will tolerate full sun in a constantly moist to wet site. Small plants are easily moved in spring. Possibly toxic if eaten.

Further details for
Onoclea sensibilis

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Wild Flower
   30-90 cm
   12-35 inches
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.