Onoclea sensibilis

Fern, Sensitive

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Sensitive Fern has fronds that are broadly triangular with lobed leaflets. The fertile fronds are very different from the sterile fronds, forming what look like stiff, upright elongated clusters of dry beads. The fern gets its name because the yellow fall fronds shrivel and turn brown after the first good frost. Sensitive Fern grows naturally over a very wide range - from Labrador to Florida, in damp places. Give it a damp, lightly shaded spot and it will easily thrive for you, naturalizing by creeping rhizomes into an attractive deciduous ground cover about 2 feet tall. It would be lovely growing as a ground cover with Spicebush and Sweet Pepperbush.



Rain Garden

Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Perennial, Fern, Ground cover,

Light Exposure

Mostly sunny, Half and half,

Mostly shady,

Soil Condition

Organic, Average,

Moisture Tolerance



full quart


12 to 24,

Typical Height





2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9