Sensitive fern

Onoclea sensibilis

  • 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.

Height: 12-18 in
Spread: 30-36 in
Spacing: 3-5 ft
Zone: 3-9
Color: Non-Flowering

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Characteristics & Attributes


» Shade/ Part Shade

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Fall
» Spring
» Summer