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Sensitive Ferns

Onoclea spp.

Onoclea sensibilis 3 by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Sensitive Ferns Overview

    Onoclea is a genus containing around 6 species of creeping, rhizomatous deciduous ferns in the Aspleniaceae family, native to eastern Asia and eastern North America where they are found in moist habitats. They have clumps of pinnately-divided sterile fronds that are produced in Spring followed by smaller-, narrow and darker fertile fronds in Summer. At first frost the plants die down. Most are commonly known as Sensitive Ferns. They re fully hardy and will grows in sun or shade in wet soil. You can propagate by division in the autumn or winter.

    How to propagate Sensitive Ferns


    Division in autumn or winter.

    Special features of Sensitive Ferns

    Attractive leaves