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Onoclea

Onoclea (Sensitive Fern)


More Information About Onoclea

The sensitive fern, Onoclea sensibilis, gets its "sensitive" reputation from the fact that the fronds die back very quickly after the first autumn frost arrives. The roots, however, are quite tough...making onoclea a cold-tolerant, drought-tolerant, deciduous fern. Most ferns produce their spores on the undersides of every frond, but onoclea produces separate fertile fronds. The fertile fronds of onoclea plants are quite ornamental and display cinnamon colored clusters of bead-like spore bearing structures.

Onoclea prefers moist conditions, and in its native habitat (which includes North Carolina) lives close water. If sited properly, onoclea will slowly spread to form a nice colony. Onoclea is a coarse-textured fern that looks great with other woodland plants including polygonatum (Solomon's seal), astilbe, and hosta. They are also deer-resistant ferns. When you're ready to buy onoclea for your woodland perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online list of onoclea for sale.

Plant Delights Nursery has a huge collection of over 1,000 ferns planted in our garden and offer one of the largest and most esoteric selections of garden ferns for sale in the US. If you are looking to buy ferns, especially rare, cold hardy, garden ferns, Plant Delights should be your first stop. Providing beauty and texture to the garden, ferns are great garden plants and a staple of any well-designed garden.