Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive fern

  • Onoclea sensibilis is a rambling pinnately lobed fern with soft green sterile fronds.
  • Fronds are deciduous often turning bright yellow before disappearing for the winter.
  • Spores are enclosed in bead-like coverings and are borne on separate upright fertile stalks.
  • Forms colonies in rich boggy or moist loamy soils in shade or part shade.

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Shade/ Part Shade
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Onoclea sensibilis

The soothing green foliage of this rambling fern make it an excellent Groundcover for a Wetland or wet Shade Garden.  In appropriate sites, Onoclea sensibilis matures into a verdant and soothing Mass or Border.  This fern can control erosion and is a valuable component of Deer Resistant Plantings, Low Maintenance Plantings, Rain Gardens and Wetlands.