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Sensitive Fern

Onoclea sensibilis

This fern gains its common name from its sensitivity to frost, dying back quickly when first touched by frost. Broad smooth leaves are deciduous and provide a nice contrast to other fern foliage and a host of shade-loving perennials such as Astilbes, Hostas, and Pulmonarias. It is tough and free running, spreading in moist soil where its 18" height makes it ideal as a shady groundcover in restoration projects that might include wet meadows, swamps, and open woods. The fiddleheads emerging from rhizomes in spring form a striking pale red mass. Somewhat sun-tolerant, but must be kept evenly moist.

Height: 18 in
Spacing: 18 in
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 10

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Plants will be in seasonal condition with appropriate foliage.

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Characteristics & Attributes for Sensitive Fern


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Critter Resistance