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NC Native Plant Society:
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Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive fern

Scientific Name:

Onoclea sensibilis

Genus:

Onoclea

Species Epithet:

sensibilis

Common Name:

Sensitive fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Dryopteridaceae (Wood-Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

marshes, swamps, wet disturbed places;

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Nothing Specified

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Provides ground cover for wildlife

Coarse, spreading fern; pinnae have wavy, untoothed margins, with leafy tissue on the upper portion of the rachis.

Forsyth County NC (wildflower garden)

The Scientific Name is Onoclea sensibilis. You will likely hear them called Sensitive fern. This picture shows the Coarse, spreading fern; pinnae have wavy, untoothed margins, with leafy tissue on the upper portion of the rachis. of Onoclea sensibilis

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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