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Onoclea sensibilis

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Sensitive fern is a plant which belongs to the Onoclea genus.

Pale green soft fronds from spring until autumn. Likes shade, dislikes wind. Prefers acid soil
The fronds are deeply divided, frail and pale green, often tinged pink in the spring, on pinkish stems

Leaves appear approximately as a   Apple green and   Bright green

It is a non-edible fern and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater).

Sensitive fern normally grows with a clump-forming habit to a mature height of 60.0 cm (that's 1.95 feet imperial).

Sensitive fern needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sensitive fern have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Sensitive fern

  • Full Shade

  • High

Prefers damp and shade, protect from wind and will require watering to stop it from drying out
Higher water requirement than other ferns and less tolerant to heat and bright conditions

Position in a full shade location and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Sensitive fern is thought of as hardy, so Sensitive fern will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.

See our list of companion Plants for Sensitive fern to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Sensitive fern from seed

Transplanting Sensitive fern

Prefers acid soil and rain water. Firm gently. Suitable for bog gardens
Good for ground cover as spreads via underground rhizomes

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sensitive fern is a hardy plant.

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Sensitive fern Etymology

‘Bead Fern’ is from the dark spore bearing black beads arranged on the leaflets

Other names for Sensitive fern

Bead fern

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