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Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern


Description: Sensitive Fern-Onoclea Sensibilis Hardy Planting Zones-4-9 Sun or Shade-Part Sun/Full Shade Mature Height-36" Mature Width-48" Bloom Season-Summer (May to August) Gardener Status-Beginner
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    Sensitive Fern - Onoclea sensibilis


    Sensitive fern is native to the American South, where it provides lush ground cover in the summer months. The plant is hardy to USDA zones 4 through 8, where it thrives in moist, clay soils. The plant reaches heights between 3 to 4 feet and has a 3 to 4 foot spread. It is a non-flowering plant that requires little maintenance, other than frequent watering. Many growers find the plant well-suited for a rain garden. It is also grown successfully in ditches, woodland edges, along ponds or creeks, in natural gardens and other areas that receive moisture. The plant spreads via runners and will do well in light to full shade. Another benefit provided by this lush plant is its ability to crowd out weeds. The foliage is both green and brown. The vibrant green foliage features triangular leaves with a distinctive netted pattern. The leaves branch out from lush fronds that are 2 to 4 inches long. The brown foliage is woody and appears highly segmented. This is the fertile part of the plant, where the spores emerge. It is this portion of the plant that survives throughout the winter months, while the sensitive green foliage dies back. The remaining woody segments provide a garden with some winter interest and remind a grower that abundant vegetation will return in the spring and summer. The plants are slow-growing but can be planted en masse in prepared soils where they will fill out the area. Described as an elegant ground cover, sensitive fern grows in areas where other plants fail to thrive. Gardeners looking to fill in moist or shaded areas with a soothing green will find that sensitive fern meets their needs. Other growers have found the delicate fronds provide a contrast to sturdy, broad-leafed ground covers and spreading plants.
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    1. Satisfied

      I am a sold customer and will be ordering all my plants from here on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Customer service is great

      Great customer service, the ladies I spoke to were very nice on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Fantastic

      I am overall pleased with all of my purchases so far from Garden Delights and their sister site TN. Can't wait until my hubby lets me order more. on Mar 31st 2017

    4. Large Shade

      It has grown about 2 feet in the amount of time that I have had it and prefers more shade than sun, I had to move it so that it would do better. Time will tell. on Mar 29th 2017

    5. Fantastic

      My breath was taken away when I got my packaged and saw how neatly it was packaged with instructions. I followed them almost 6 months ago and my plants are doing well. on Mar 28th 2017

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