Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern

Onoclea sensibilis

Bloom Time: Non-flowering

Featured Plant Category: Rain Gardens, Shade Tolerant

Container Size: Quart

Height: 3 to 4'

Light Requirements: Part shade to Full shade

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Average to rich, well-drained.

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Sensitive fern is a unique looking, colony-forming fern, mainly found in moist woodlands. An attractive addition to any shaded native garden. Also known as bead fern, it puts out a shoot containing bead-like spores. Sensitive fern provides good shelter to frogs and salamanders. The “sensitive” part of it’s name derives from it’s sensitivity to frost. In the right conditions however, it will return year after year.


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Bloom Time


Container Size



3 to 4'

Light Requirements

Part shade to Full shade

Hardiness Zone


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Average to rich, well-drained.

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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