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Christmas Ferns Offer Year-Round Beauty Christmas Ferns, native to the Northern United States, offer any garden a unique and lush look. With their evergreen foliage and upright habit, they make a striking statement. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also surprisingly easy to care for and thrive in shady spots. Bring a touch of nature into your garden with Christmas Ferns. Their vibrant green color can light up any shaded area and give your space an elegant look. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that these plants require minimal maintenance. Order your Christmas Ferns today and have a lush oasis in no time! Christmas Fern: The Christmas fern gets its name from its evergreen state, which remains unapologetically green even after most other perennial plants enter winter dormancy. Members of the Polystichum genus are some of the hardiest ferns, with remarkable tolerance to cold or other unfavorable conditions. Better yet, they require little help from you to thrive for many seasons. All they ask of you is water during the hot or dry stretches during the year. Christmas Fern has a lush evergreen appearance. The leaves of Christmas ferns are dark green with a lighter green. The fern's heads are also green and covered in silvery white scales, which release upon opening. The leaflet of a Christmas Fern is a petite and round shape. It has twenty to thirty-five pairs of leaflets arranged alternately along its stem. Its leaflets are one-and-a-half inches long and have a lobe near the base. They also have bristle-tipped teeth on their margins and may have a variable form with a slight twist. As old fronds expire, new fronds will unfurl, creating a consistently green appearance all year. Generally, the size will top out at around two feet, making it one of the little ferns we carry at TN Nursery. How to Use Polystichumacrostichoidesin Your Landscape The Christmas Fern is native to hardwood forests but also performs well in many applications in your yard, provided you provide sufficient shade. ● Use the Christmas Fern as a ground cover plant: Place Polystichumacrostichoidesin any location too heavily shaded for other species to thrive. These shade-lovers will perform well in the shade. ● Plant Christmas ferns in pots or containers: These plants can expand to about two feet in width, so choose a planter with a broad opening to accommodate that size. ● Shade gardens: Use the Christmas fern in a border within your shade garden or as a stand-alone specimen that will attract notice during the otherwise dull winter months. ● Deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant plantings: If you have an issue with local fauna nibbling at your favorite plants, consider the Christmas fern, which they seem not to prefer. Christmas Fern is available online at TN Nursery. The Chrismas fern is a relatively small fern that stays green year-round, looking lovely and green even when all other plants go dormant. Order your Polystichumacrostichoidesfrom TN Nursery today.
Fiddlehead Fern Onoclea struthioptersis Fiddlehead Fern: Oncoclea struthioptersis, the fiddlehead fern, is a perennial North American native species that grows best in shaded or semi-shaded, acidic, and moist soil. It thrives in every United States growing zone as long as you can provide shade. Fiddlehead fern is a deciduous plant that can grow as high as a stately six-foot tall in a relaxed and shaded environment, although most top out around five feet. The roots form in dense clumps that produce other plants relatively quickly. TN Nursery recommends this species to customers who want a unique addition to a shade garden or rock garden. It is also helpful in preventing erosion when planted along a slope. Fiddlehead Fern's name describes its appearance Fiddlehead fern has feathery fronds and a long, stout rhizome. The fronds unfurl to a typical length of four to five feet and display numerous leaflets. Fertile fronds are pale brown and extend almost to the ground. Additionally, fertile fronds are more prominent and spread further, are a lovely shade of green, and may persist throughout winter in temperate growing zones. The contrasting leaf shape is one of the distinguishing features--the very thing that gives it such a unique name. The Fiddlehead fern has a small stem with a tapered tip. The lower stems twist and taper to give it a v-shape vein pattern. Most interestingly, the ends of the fronds form tight coils, suggesting the shape of a fiddle. The color of the fiddlehead fern is verdant green. However, they may grow protective papery skin protection as it grows--this protective layer falls off in time. Some gardeners remove it to brighten the appearance. Caring for Onoclea struthioptersis Like most fern species, the fiddlehead fern grows best in shaded spots. If you select the right home for your fern, it will require little care, except an occasional watering on the hottest or driest days. TN Nursery recommends the fiddlehead fern for gardeners who need an easy-to-care-for plant in heavy to filtered shade. Fiddlehead Fern is available online at TN Nursery The TN Nursery team is happy to provide their customers with freshly-dug plants. You can order your fiddlehead fern with confidence.
Giant Ostrich Fern$6.89
Ostrich Fern Onoclea struthioptersis Ostrich Fern: Onoclea struthioptersis, which some call an ostrich fern, is a crown-forming plant native to temperate regions of North America. This perennial species grows in damp forests and swampy areas from Canada to the south and western regions. Ostrich ferns are an attractive plant that can cover bare spots in your garden. They are resistant to common garden problems and are easy to care for. You can enjoy a fresh, vibrant garden with lovely foliage elements with little care. TN Nursery recommends the ostrich fern for bringing lively greenery and exciting textures to a shade or semi-shade garden. Ostrich Fern Gets its Name Ostrich ferns can grow pretty tall. The plants usually reach four to five feet high, but the most towering recorded height of the species is a grand six feet. The plant grows in erect clusters. Each frond has a sturdy, bright green center stem and pairs of leaves with a gently-rounded saw tooth texture. The crowning glory gives the ostrich fern its name. Each fertile frond forms a rosette crown in a lush green hue. The rosette title curves inward to form a tight coil. That bend gives the impression of an ostrich trying to bend down its head to hide. Thus, the rosette coil provides the descriptive household name for Onoclea struthioptersis. Where to Grow Onoclea struthioptersis The fern grows in light soil and prefers constant moisture. This fern tolerates a cool climate and moderate sunlight but prefers semi-shades to full shade. The widespread ostrich fern enjoys excellent popularity in semi-shaded gardens and along the foundations of buildings. Fiddlehead ferns are hardy perennials that can withstand temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Use it in a border garden (near the back due to its height), in a wooded area where grass cannot thrive, or along the shaded foundation of your home. If you have a barren shady section of your landscape, fiddlehead fern will bring it to life. Fiddlehead Fern is available online at TN Nursery TN Nursery provides customers with freshly dug fiddlehead ferns only after receiving each order. You can order confidently, knowing you will receive healthy and fresh ferns.
Cinnamon Fern: Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern: Osmunda cinnomonea, or the cinnamon fern, is a native species to the eastern half of North America. You might find these plants in swamps or bogs if you were hiking through hardwood forests. However, you will most likely find them in shade gardens throughout the United States. TN Nursery customers love these lush-looking plants. They are effortless to take care of, requiring little water or assistance from the gardener. Furthermore, they resist deer, disease, and other pests, while their shady fronds create a shady oasis for frogs and toads when they need a reprieve from the summer heat. Cinnamon Fern Earns its Name Cinnamon fern takes its name from its most distinctive feature--the auburn-colored spikes that develop as the plant matures. The delicate new fronds will emerge in the early spring and unfurl their tender leaves. The ferns grow taller and broader for several weeks, creating vibrant green leaflets that appear in pairs and have a gently toothy outer edge. During the summer, the fertile fronds will produce spikes. As they mature, those spikes will grow taller and turn to a rich, deep cinnamon color. The cinnamon fern grows between three and five feet high and across; they spread quickly. Where to Plant Osmunda cinnamomea As a woodland native species, the cinnamon fern prefers a shady or semi-shady spot in your yard. They also prefer more acidic soil, as you might find around pine trees in the forest. They also love moisture. Cinnamon fern is a typical recommendation when customers call TN Nursery asking what to plant in a slow-draining location that needs a bit of refreshing greenery to brighten it up. They multiply and can add life to those challenging spots in a relatively short time. Cinnamon Fern is used by gardeners Cinnamon fern is a perennial that can help fill in bare spots of the yard with little watering or care. The ferns grow in colonies attached by a dense root system. Because they multiply at a fantastic speed, gardeners find they can separate them from enlivening other areas that need a touch of greenery. Once they take hold, you will have plenty to add to containers, hanging pots, shade gardens, or for sharing with friends. Cinnamon Fern is available to purchase at TN Nursery Are you ready to add Cinnamon Fern to brighten up your shady yard? Order from TN Nursery today.
Lady Ferns The Lady Fern is a gorgeous green plant native to North Africa, Asia, and some parts of North America. This beautiful plant is defined by its large, bright leaves. The Lady Fern thrives in the shade, often found in wooded areas. Lady Ferns Thrives in Well-Drained Soil Firm and drained soil will provide the perfect growing conditions for this feathery perennial plant. However, Lady Fern can adapt to drier soil and more sun. This plant grows relatively quickly and can reach heights up to five feet. The plant starts with fiddleheads that unravel to reveal long, delicate leaves. This decorative plant provides excellent greenery for any garden or landscape and isn't difficult to maintain. Lady Ferns is a Deciduous Native Plant This deciduous plant looks dainty and elegant with graceful, lacey leaves. The fern stems can be a majestic purple, red, or green hue. It's an eye-catching plant that will add beauty to any planted place. Whether you are planting the fern in your yard or a community garden, everyone will love this stunning plant. Once the fern is established, it will thrive without much fuss. Since the fern is a perennial plant, you can enjoy its return for several years. It's an excellent addition to any yard, especially if you are new to gardening. Overall, this type of fern is easy to maintain and aesthetically versatile. If you have an area in your garden with lovely shade and well-draining soil, this fern could be an excellent choice for your landscape. The fern can do well in humid environments as a decorative indoor houseplant. This fern will bring feminine beauty to your space, whether in your home or the garden.
Royal Fern Osmundaregalis Royal Fern: Osmundaregalis, which you more likely know as a Royal Fern, is an easy-care perennial species prized for its bright green foliage and ability to grow in almost any soil. The garden specialists at TN recommend this species to any gardener--even self-described beginning gardeners have success with this plant! This fern is native to North America, stretching from northern Florida to New England. Although it grows in the wild across the eastern United States, gardeners in western states can readily cultivate it for enjoyment. The Majestic Appearance of the Royal Fern Royal Fern has an appearance that's similar to a small locust tree. The fronds gracefully arch as they grow from a robust underground root system. As the plant reproduces, new fronds appear around those roots. The fronds are a fresh and vibrant green that can revitalize the shadiest parts of your garden. The leaves grow in pairs and have oval leaves with rounded tips. The stem of each frond is also bright green. Although delicate and slender, the stems are sturdy enough to support the graceful fronds. The Royal Fern can grow to about two feet high and sixteen inches wide in a moist, shaded spot. Caring for Osmundaregalis Royal Fern might be one of the easiest-to-care-for plants you will find. The key to successfully growing this species is finding the best location. It prefers damp to wet, acidic soil but does not prefer continuous flooding. Plant this species in the shade or a semi-shaded spot for the best results. It can adapt and tolerate some sunshine but will require watering. If you plant it in that ideal location, you will rarely need to water or care for your Royal Fern. How Gardeners Use the Royal Fern Osmundaregalismakes a lovely addition to any shady or partially shaded spot in your yard or garden. ● Border: Plant Royal Ferns in the middle row of a garden border. The two-foot mature height is perfect between low-growing flowers and taller shrubs in the back row. ● Shade garden: As mentioned, Osmundaregalisprefers shade. The lively green fronds will add dimension to the bare spots where nothing else will grow. ● Potted ornamental ferns: If you love the appearance of ferns, but your yard is sunny, garden pots are the solution. Pot Royal Ferns and place them on the shady side of your house. Royal Ferns are available at TN Nursery Are you ready to try Osmundaregalis? Order yours today from the experts at TN Nursery.
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern: The Maidenhair Fern is a perennial fern species that grows in humid and temperate areas of the United States. You might also recognize them by their other names: Rosy maidenhair Northern maidenhair Silver dollar maidenhair American maidenhair Don't let the many names trick you--they all refer to maidenhair ferns. The Maidenhair fern belongs to the Adiantum genus, which contains over two hundred species. Its scientific name,adiantum, comes from the Greek word adiantos, which means unwetted. TN Nursery finds these ferns a favorite for gardeners who live in densely shaded or forested areas, especially if they have consistently moist soil, as you might find near a creek or stream. Maidenhair Fern has an unique appearance Maidenhair fern fronds grow from sixteen to twenty-six inches long and form an intriguing softly-rounded oval shape. The spring-green leaflets are shallow and contain two or three forked veins. The veins have a more prosperous, darker green, making a stunning contrast against the softer hue of the leaves. Despite being robust, the maidenhair fern has a deceptive appearance, that of a delicate plant, due to its tiny leaves. Some describe the leaves as feathery or lacy due to foliage comprising many small, fan-shaped segments. However, most describe the delicate leaves as "hair-like," thus lending this fern its common name. The leaves emerge in late winter or early spring. The earliest leaves of the season are an attractive salmon color, but they soon turn a true spring green. How to Care for a Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair fern is gorgeous when you plant it in the middle or back row of a border planting or as a stand-alone specimen in a shade garden or water garden. It's also suitable for growing along the northern or shady sides of your home's foundation for a display of lively spring green. It grows well in shady locations and is easy to establish. It forms large colonies over time, spreading from a dense root system. It takes little care other than watering. Occasionally, you may wish to dig up unwanted growth and divide it into smaller sections. Maidenhair Ferns are available at TN Nursery Order Your maidenhair ferns from TN Nursery today--we are here to help.
Hay Scented Fern$5.49
Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula Hay Scented Fern: A TN Nursery customer favorite, Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula, adds classic charm to any shade garden. Gardeners cherish this otherworldly-looking plant for its ease of care and the great scent, which reminds one of the familiar, mildly grassy smell of freshly-harvested hay. This low-maintenance plant is a native species of the eastern United States. However, it performs well in all the temperate USDA growing zones. They can thrive in many soil conditions, from dry, rocky woodlands to moist, dense hardwood forests. The main thing to consider is not soil quality but water. Like most ferns, the hay scented fern likes to stay consistently moist without becoming overly wet or over dry. Other than keeping an eye on the moisture content of your soil, the care requirements of this species are minimal. Hayscented fern( Dennstaedtia punctilobula) You'll Love the Dainty Appearance Dennstaedtia punctilobula might look dainty, but don't let that trick you. These diminutive ferns are sturdy despite their smaller size. The lovely golden-brown stems easily support the fresh, spring green fronds, which form a triangular shape. Each frond displays vibrant leaflets that are broad at the base and sharpen into a blunt tip at the end. The frond’s texture has an attractive, hair-like appearance. The plant grows to a mature height of under two feet but will widen out as much as three to four feet; this growth pattern makes it an ideal ground cover or specimen plant for your shade garden. How to Care for the Hay Scented Fern Like many ferns, the hay scented fern is native to North America, where it thrived for thousands of years without any human intervention. Fortunately, all you need to do is plant your Dennstaedtia punctilobula in a place with plenty of shade and well-amended soil. During the summer, watch for heat damage and provide water accordingly. Water it only when the ground gets exceptionally dry, or you see brown spots around the margins of the leaflets. Hay Scented Fern is available to order at TN Nursery today Please order your hay scented fern from TN Nursery today--you will never be disappointed with our freshly-dug products.
Bracken Fern Pteridiumaquilinum Bracken Fern: Pteridiumaquilinum, most commonly called bracken fern, is a plant that grows on every continent (except Antarctica) and in almost every USDA growing zone in the United States. Although it can grow almost anywhere, the bracken fern is native to the eastern United States. The Gentle Appearance of Pteridiumaquilinum, Bracken Fern The bracken fern is easily identifiable by its large triangular fronds. It can reach waist-high and grows long, plume-like stems. The fronds are triangular and display leaflets that grow in pairs. Depending on the climate in your zone or area, the fronds generally emerge from March until early May; once the fronds open for the season, they stay green for a long growing season. While they typically grow to a maximum height of four feet, the tallest bracken fern reached approximately seven feet. The leaf color varies from a softer, lighter shade of green to a dark green hue, depending on the soil. The stems are slightly darker than the leafy matter, creating a lovely tonal impact. Bracken Fern Is a Remarkably Robust Plant The common bracken fern grows on any soil, even sandy or rocky, and can survive for years. It is a perennial that reemerges each year with astonishing consistency--even after forest fires, floods, or other disasters. As the fern grows, it forms a dense, deep root network, which helps it reproduce throughout the remainder of the season. The deep roots make it resistant to high winds or heavy downpours. Also, the deeply rooted bracken fern helps to eliminate soil compaction, as the roots dig deep below the surface, not just in short side-to-side clumps like some other fern species. How to Use Bracken Fern in Your Landscape Bracken fern is a highly prized plant for the most rugged terrain. ● You can replace the grass on a sloped or steep hill--it will eventually fill in and eliminate the need for mowing. ● Put bracken fern in areas where you'd like to prevent wind erosion of your soil. It spreads faster than some ferns and provides plant coverage within a season. ● Put bracken ferns in your shade garden or water garden. ● Grow bracken ferns in densely wooded areas to add some greenery. Bracken fern will grow in almost any shaded or partially shaded location you can think of. Bracken Fern is available online at TN Nursery Are you ready to order your Pteridiumaquilinum? We are here to dig and ship your order. Bracken Fern is for sale online at Tn Nursery
Walking Fern Walking for is among the unique ferns that have undivided fronds. The bright green fronds arch as they bloom and have a flat leaf shape. When a walking Fern matures, the undersides of the leaves develop beautiful brown stripes in the summer months, which contain the plant's spores. All this gives it a more substantial and lush appearance than other ferns. This evergreen perennial attracts butterflies in the spring and summer, giving your yard a lively look in the autumn and winter. After it snows, the fronds stay safely tucked away until the weather warms up. Best of all, this fern doesn't attract unwanted pests. Walking Fern is a rare & exotic type of fern It will reach a height and width of 12-18 inches after a year, and it can develop sporting each summer once it's mature. It can grow in nearly any climate. It loves moist, well-drained soil and prefers some shade to flourish. Fully shaded spots are even better. It prefers limestone-based soils similar to its natural habitat. These ferns are also resistant to both deer and rabbits. It's a versatile fern that can be planted in shady beds, as undergrowth for bushes, and in pots to stick on your patio. It also makes a good edging plant. All you have to do is water it during dry periods. Walking Ferns are Not Plentiful In nature, the Walking Fern only exists in a handful of places in North America. It primarily exists on limestone escarpments and the outsides of New York and Ontario caves, but it can be found as far south as Alabama. With all this in mind, it's no wonder that this fern has earned the Royal Horticulture Society's Award of Garden Merit. It will be shipped to you in a small pot.
Fern Variety - 10 Plants$19.99
Fern Variety Set 10 Ferns Fern Variety Set(10 Ferns): TN Nursery proudly offers a fern variety set. This hand-selected, curated collection ensures that you get the best ferns. Your collection includes species that best suit the requirements of your USDA growing zone. ● Have you been curious about growing ferns? ● Did you wish you had tried but were unsure you would succeed? ● Have you ever wished an expert horticulturist available to help you pick the best ferns? ● Are you unsure which ferns will perform well in your region? Guess what...TN Nursery can help you confidently take that next step. TN Nursery Will Hand Select the Best Ferns When you order our fern variety set, you will receive ten healthy bare-root ferns that will quickly display lush green fronds. We will hand-pick the best ferns for you. You will have the plants you need to transform the most barren parts of your shady or partially shady yard into an oasis your neighbors will covet. When you order, we will consider your USDA growing zone and choose a package with the best ferns for your location and growing needs. What Ferns Might We Include in The Fern Variety Set? TN Nursery grows healthy ferns and several popular species. We produce the following species at our nursery in central Tennessee: ● Royal ferns ● Cinnamon ferns ● Fiddlehead ferns ● Ostrich ferns ● Sensitive ferns ● Leatherwood ferns ● Maidenhair ferns ● Giant ostrich ferns ● Bracken ferns ● New York ferns ● Christmas ferns ● Glade ferns ● Hay-scented ferns Of course, not each of these species suits every growing zone. But you don't need to worry about that--leave your selection of ferns our knowledgeable staff. Our experts are here to help! TN Nursery Digs Your Fern Variety Set Fresh–and Only After You Order TN Nursery only digs up products from our nursery after a customer places an order. This process ensures we ship only fresh, healthy products to our customers. Let us surprise you! Place your order today.
New York Fern$5.29
New York Fern New York Fern Thelypteris noveboracensis is a unique and beautiful species of fern native to the East Coast of the United States. Its unique fronds add a unique texture to any indoor or outdoor space. Being shade-tolerant and low-maintenance, it is perfect for inexperienced and experienced gardeners. Make your home or garden stand out from the rest with New York Fern! With its stunning foliage and bright green color, it's sure to be an eye-catching addition to your space. Show off your green thumb with this low-maintenance yet beautiful species of fern. Bring some nature into your life with New York Fern! Get yours today for an easy way to add color and texture to any space. This perennial plant, a native species from the forested mountains of New York state, has distinctive fronds. It displays a triangular blade-like look that is widest in the middle and narrows sharply at both ends. Its fronds are lance-shaped with a tapering tip; it grows up to two feet wide. Its leaflets are small and appear near the base of the frond. The plant reaches a height of about two to three feet at maturity. The crown of the root system of the fern may be visible and dark brown. The leaflets grow in pairs of bright, glossy green. New York Fern care The New York fern grows in the forest in shallow wetlands, wooded ravines, and near streams. It's particularly partial to full shade and mixed shady areas. This species will tolerate filtered sunshine, but you will succeed best when you plant it in the shade. The New York fern is not particular about soil quality. If you are in an area with a decent amount of regular rainfall, you are done with your job after you plant Parathelypteris noveboracensis. However, gardeners in hotter and drier regions must assist it by watering when required. It likes water, but it does not want standing water for prolonged periods--so take care not to overwater your New York fern. By digging and separating the new clumps, you can control the growth as the plant spreads. Use them in other shady areas of your yard or share them with friends. How to Use the New York Fern in Your Garden Here are a few ways TN Nursery customers use New York ferns in their gardens: Ground cover plant: Because this is one of the shorter ferns and spreads rapidly, many use it as a beautiful green ground cover in bare spots. Erosion control: If you have areas of the yard prone to erosion due to wind or running water (creeks or streams), plant some New York ferns--they will help stop the elements from further eroding your yard. Border garden: Add this two-foot high fern to the middle row of your borders. Shade garden: Finding species to add color to shade gardens can be challenging; ferns are an excellent solution. Wetter areas: Consider moisture-loving ferns if you have a slow-draining spot. They help wick away the water, allowing your yard to dry faster. New York Fern is for sale at TN Nursery. New York ferns are an attractive option, especially if you want a more compact fern. Order yours today.
Glade Fern Homalosorus pycnocarpos Glade Fern: Gardeners across the United States cherish Homalosorus pycnocarpos, or the glade fern, for its attractive, narrow, and lush green fronds. This species is a native plant from North America, originating in the United States and Canada. You might also recognize it by two other nicknames: ● Narrow-leaf spleenwort ● Narrow-leaved spleenwort ● Narrow-leaved glade fern As the name states, this species originated in forest glades, clearings in the forest that typically receive little or filtered sunlight. This common name correctly implies that you should plant this fern in a shaded or partially-shaded part of your yard. Glade Fern has an elegant appearance A mature glade fern shows off long, elegant fronds, which grow wider than tall. The height generally stays between one to two feet and extends out as much as three feet wide. This compact, petite appearance makes the glade fern perfect for a ground cover plant. The plants grow in clusters of five to six plants per grouping in moist, well-drained soil. If they become overly dry, the margins of the leaves will turn brown--signaling to you that it's time to give them some water. Homalosorus pycnocarpos stems are a golden-brown color, which provides a lovely contrast against the shiny, bright green fronds. The plant grows narrow fronds that seem to do a carefree dance with every breeze. The leaflets of the fronds are also slender. They have a slight blade shape with a gentle curve, giving a feathery appearance. Where to Grow Glade Fern in Your Yard Glade fern strongly prefers a fully shaded spot--and it is most carefree if you put it in the shade. However, you can also keep it healthy in filtered sunshine or semi-shade garden with careful attention to soil moisture and water when needed. If you don't want to put glade fern directly into the ground, you can put it in large, wide planters in a shady location. It instantly breathes life into the darkest, and often most barren, spots in your yard. Glade Fern is available online at TN Nursery Are you ready to beautify your shade garden with glade ferns? Order from TN Nursery today.
Sensitive Fern Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern: TN Nursery presents the sensitive fern, Onoclea sensibilis. This plant is a deciduous fern that thrives in moist but well-drained soil and full shade to partially shaded spots in your garden. Besides sensitive fern, gardeners may call this species by other names, including sympathy and bead fern. This fern is a perennial plant native to North America. The species will thrive in any of the 48 contiguous states. While it demands little care, gardeners in the hottest and driest regions will need to water it. If you have a water feature of any kind in your landscaping--a pond, stream, or natural spring, sensitive fern makes an attractive choice. It loves the moisture as long as you don't flood it. It's also a lovely choice for a shaded border. Ococlea sensibilis may grow to almost four feet tall, so put it close to the back row! It will provide a fresh green backdrop for your low-growing flowers and plants. Why Is Ococlea sensibilis Called Sensitive Fern? The species name, sensibilis, comes from the Latin word for sensitive. Its delicate leaves die off rapidly after a frost. Sensitive ferns are tolerant of the full sun if you provide them with water. But they strongly prefer a partial shade to a full shade spot, so please consider that when planting them. Sensitive Ferns appearance Sensitive Ferns have dual fronds. Fertile fronds are narrow and show off a hue of trendy apple green, while sterile fronds are broader with a slightly duller sheen. Fertile fronds appear as beadlike clusters on a stalk. These leaves are usually present near the infertile fronds during the dry period of the year, but the sterile ones are not visible during that time. The fronds create a triangular shape, and each leaflet forms a pleasing oval shape. The stems of the sensitive fern have a light maroon undertone in spots, making the energetic green pop with color. Sensitive Fern is available at TN Nursery Onoclea sensibilis adds a fresh burst of apple green and exciting texture to your garden. You can confidently order your sensitive fern as we ship our customers only the freshest, healthiest specimens.