Sensitive Fern 3 For $14.99

Sensitive Fern 3 For $14.99

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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.

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  • 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.

Shipping Information

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.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April