Sensitive Fern

A great colonizer, sensitive fern is deciduous with a wonderful soft texture on its fronds, which are light green and beautiful through the summer and early fall. The stiff, fertile fronds appear toward the end of summer and remain attractive all winter. This fern makes an excellent groundcover in damp, shaded places, but it may need to be corralled if you have limited space for it to spread.

Sensitive Fern Overview

Genus Name Onoclea sensibilis
Common Name Sensitive Fern
Plant Type Perennial
Light Part Sun, Shade
Height 6 to 6 inches
Width null to 4 feet
Season Features Summer Bloom, Winter Interest
Special Features Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Division
Problem Solvers Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Groundcover, Slope/Erosion Control
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