Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern

Onoclea sensibilis

The native Sensitive Fern is called sensitive because it shrivels up at the first sign of frost. It is well adapted to wet or moist soils, where it spreads out happily (and quickly) by rhizomes. In slightly drier areas it spreads more slowly though it does not tolerate completely dry soil and will dry up until next Spring if it is too dry.  It’s rather coarse texture is a welcome addition to a shady rain garden or along a bog or streambank.

Plant in part shade to full shade in wet or moist soil. Tolerates clay soil. Height: 2-4’h x w.

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This plant will be available at the May, 2017 Student Plant Sale!

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