Onoclea sensibilis, Sensitive Fern
Onocloea sensibilis, Sensitive Fern, closeupOnoclea sensibilis, Sensitive Fern, Shaw Nature Reserve, landscape

Onoclea sensibilis, Sensitive Fern

A lush Missouri native fern, Sensitive Fern, Onoclea sensibilis, can be found in swampy, marshy areas, yet grows easily in urban settings. Sensitive Fern’s thick bright green fronds can grow 2-4′ long. It grows up to 3-4′ tall and wide. It was named Sensitive Fern because its fronds suffer immediate damage from the first fall frost. It prefers consistent moisture and shade to part shade.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Onoclea sensibilis

Common Name

Sensitive Fern

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Shade

Height

36-48″

Width

36-48″

Uses

Beds, Ground Cover, Mass Plantings, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Rain Gardens, Woodland Gardens

Resistance

Rabbit

Soil

Average, Clay, Moist, Rich, Wet

Water Needs

Consistent

Zone

4-8

Plant Type

Fern