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Onoclea sensibilis


Onoclea sensibilis is a large, deciduous sensitive fern with long-stalked, deeply pinnatifid, bright green, vegetative fronds (2-4' long).

Onoclea sensibilis is a large, somewhat coarse, deciduous fern. Features long-stalked, deeply pinnatifid, bright green, vegetative (sterile) fronds (2-4' long) with leathery, triangular leaflets (pinnae) which have distinctively netted veins. Commonly called sensitive fern because the green vegetative fronds are sensitive to and suffer almost immediate damage from the first fall frost. Also sensitive to drought.

Common Name: Sensitive Fern

Family: Onocleaceae (The Sensitive Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-8

Light: Part Shade, Full Shade

Height: 2-4'

Width: 3-5'

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Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

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Soil Moisture: Moist

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Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Deciduous fern which occurs in wet woods and thickets and in moist soils along streams and springs.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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