Sensitive Fern 3 For $12.99

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Sensitive Fern 3 For $12.99 Description

Sensitive Fern 

Sensitive fern, Sympathy fern, and bead fern are names given to Onoclea sensibilis L. belonging to the family Dryopteridaceae. It is named this because of its sensitivity to frost; The plant exhibits a wide range of genetic diversity and occurs in numerous shapes and sizes.

They are North American native plants and are found in various regions. It may grow up to above 3 feet from a few inches only. The plant has large coarse, compound leaves chartreuse in color with an egg-shaped outline.

The triangular leaflets are widely spaced, between 5 and 11 inches on either side. They also have a beautiful network of veins. The leaves on the upper side of the plant possess smooth edges, whereas those on the lower side are profoundly lobed and somehow wavy.

Sensitive Fern proliferates swiftly by spores and rhizomes

The plant has two kinds of fronds – the sterile and reproductive fronds. The bright green vegetative fronds are 2 – 4' long rolled, giving birth to their scientific name – onos and kleio, meaning "vessel" and "to close." They are around 3 to 4 feet high, leathery, rugged, and usually light green with a triangular shape. They also have white hair under the surface. However, the fertile fronds are shorter and covered with tiny leaflets. They hold their shape upright while the leaflets have numerous pinnules (bead-like substances), giving them a beady appearance.

The name "Bead fern" comes from the "beaded" appearance of the stalks of the fern. The pinnules turn dark brown when mature and give a specific appearance to the plant. The fronds arise from the rhizome, which is brown and present under the soil surface. Multiple other roots grow from the creeping rhizome spreading outwards irregularly. 

They grow in almost all kinds of soil, including clay and garden soil, with adequate moisture and partial shade to full shade. However, it grows taller in moisture-rich soils, primarily naturally occurring swamps and damp soils. The more towering trees make an excellent sheltering plant while others stay to the ground. These ferns proliferate swiftly by spores and rhizomes when given the right conditions for growth and act as an ideal ground cover plant.

The plants grow in the early spring season. The stems are flattened at the bottom ranging from dark red to dark brown and black. These plants are resistant to rabbits and deers and are not harmed by this wildlife. Large leaves can easily distinguish this plant with dissected lead patterns. The dissection of each leaf on the right into 17 leaflets makes it easy to recognize. At times, the leaves may be divided into leaflets that may be divided into more categories.

You can get these plants commercially and grow them quickly in wet soils to provide moisture for growth. They grow in almost all types of soil.

Sensitive ferns are available online at Tn Nursery


Reviews (3)

  • 5
    My bare root ferns arrived moist with a small amount of new growth

    Posted by Allison on Jun 04, 2022

    In just two days time my sensitive ferns had begun to grow.- I am so excited

  • 5

    Posted by Sandra Little on Jan 13, 2022

    Pleasantly surprised, love them!
    Reviewed in the United States on July Happy surprised. I was a little unsure about ordering plants online, but these healthy ferns erase all doubts.

  • 5

    Posted by Jeff on Jan 08, 2022

    Happy to see my ferns surviving well. Now am getting ready for springtime as it flourish around my garden. I just added new orders on this selection. Thank you TN nursery for prioritizing me with my orders.


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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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