Onoclea sensibilis /Sensitive Fern

Onoclea sensibilis  / Onoclea sensibilis
Summer fronds on this fern
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Summer fronds on this fern

A ground cover planting in shade

Ferns need a soil with a generous amount of humus in the soil to have this quality growth

Summer foliage

Gound cover planting

Close-up of fronds

Mass planting

A large, fast growing fern

Has a mass of luxuriant foliage in the warm months

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Scientific Name: Onoclea sensibilis
Common Name: Sensitive Fern
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This fern tends to wither at the first frost and thus its name "sensitive fern." This large, coarse textured fern grows best in organic, moist soils and in the shade. Where conditions are optimum, it can become somewhat invasive as it spreads by spores and creeping rhizomes. Like most ferns, it has little or no drought resistance.