Sensitive Fern


Our organically grown Sensitive Fern is also called Onoclea sensibilis. It is a distinctive and resilient addition that can be found and planted in damp woodland areas and moist environments and is often found together with moss. This fern is native to North America fern is famous for its unique reaction to touch and frost by curling up and is the season for its name ‘Sensitive Fern’.


  • Name: Sensitive Fern
  • Scientific Name: Onoclea sensibilis
  • Appearance: This fern has finely dissected fronds with a distinctive reaction to touch and frost by curling up to protect themselves. The fronds create are of a delicate texture and normally this plant grows to a size of one to two feet in height.
  • Color: The fronds of the Sensitive Fern are a deep green during spring and summer. During the fall, the fronds may turn to a golden hue.
  • Environment: This fern can be found in nature in damp and shaded environments across North America. It flourishes in moist woodland settings and is often used in moist and woody gardens.
  • Soil Preference: It has a preference for consistently moist and well-drained soils and should be used in gardens similar to its native woodland habitat.
  • Growth Habit: This fern a robust growth and forms large colonies that can be used by wildlife as a hiding place.
  • Erosion Control: The Sensitive Fern root system increases soil stabilization and prevents erosion.
  • Biodiversity Support: This plant provides a natural habitat and protective cover for all types of animals such as insects,  amphibians, or small wildlife, and will enhance the biodiversity of your garden.
  • Maintenance: Once established, the Sensitive Fern needs minimal upkeep as long as there is enough shade and moisture.
  • Benefits: This fern promotes local biodiversity, stabilizes the soil, and enriches the health of shaded or damp gardens.
  • Usage: Perfect to use in rain gardens, alongside ponds or streams, in shaded garden beds, moss lawns, or in woodland gardens.