Sensitive Ferns - Onoclea sensibilis
Sensitive Fern, as its name implies, is quite sensitive to frost and cold weather, and will typically die down over winter weather. Individuals wanting an evergreen fern should consider other options. That said, the Sensitive Fern is quite hardy to sandy, acidic, or sodden soils, and can be a great option to dress up moist areas around streams or ponds. The native range of this fern is quite massive, venturing south from Newfoundland as far west as the Dakotas, and then reaching as south as Florida and Texas. Sensitive Ferns perform their best when they have been planted beside waterways or ponds. The fronds of Sensitive Ferns are mildly toxic, and should not be planted in areas where children or pets roam untended. This fern when mature grows small berries towards the foundation, and they turn brown during the fall months. These are great to add to water gardens and other areas, and they bring lots of colors as they grow and become mature. This fern normally will die out during the colder weather conditions and also if it receives frost but comes back the following year with gorgeous color. These are more sensitive than other ferns and may need a little bit more attention to growing them to become healthy. These ferns are amazing when added to flowers gardens with brightly colored flowering plants. This is a great way to add a special look to gardens and other areas on a lawn.