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Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern

Called a sensitive fern because the green vegetative fronds are sensitive to the first fall frost, although this fern is hardy in zone 4. Large native fern with a spreading habit prefers medium to moist conditions.
  • Hardiness Zones 3-8
  • Mature Height 24 - 48 inches
  • Bloom Time Green foliage from April till first frost
  • Light Requirements Full Shade, Half Sun / Half Shade

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Botanical Name: Onoclea sensibilis

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Product Details

  • Restricted States US:

    AE AK GU HI PR
  • Botanical Name :

    Onoclea sensibilis
  • Ship As :

    Bare Root
  • Size :

    NO.1
  • Suggested Uses:

    Borders, Ground Cover, Perennializing, Water Garden, Shade Garden
  • Flower Form :

    No flowers, but spores on woody-like fertile fronds (to 12" tall)
  • Foliage Type :

    Bright green fronds (2-4' long) with leathery, triangular leaflets
  • Mature Spread :

    20 - 24 inches
  • Spacing:

    20 - 24 inches

Growing Tips

  • Planting Instructions :

    Soak roots before planting. Loosen soil well. Plant with eyes just below soil level and water well after planting.
  • Soil Moisture :

    Prefers moist conditions, but also grows well in average garden soil as long as it is not allowed to dry out during spring and summer.
  • Will Tolerate :

    Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Wet Soil, Sandy Soil
  • Pruning Instructions :

    None
  • Winter Care :

    Not needed
  • Planting Depth :

    Plant with eyes (sprouts) just below soil level.
  • Watering Requirements :

    Prefers moist soil. Do not let soil dry out.
  • Fertilization Requirements :

    Provide enough organic matter.
  • Special Care :

    Not needed

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Shipping Information

K. Van Bourgondien & Sons, Inc. times its shipments from Holland so that bulbs arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for each area of North America.

We take advance reservations, and then just as soon as the crops are harvested, our staff of K. Van Bourgondien & Sons, Inc. experts makes an on-the-spot selection of the finest bulbs available to fill those reservations.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedules.


       Fall 2018 Shipping Schedule

  • Bulbs and Perennials
    Zones First day to ship Last day to order
    All 9/17/2018 12/10/2018

  • Iris
    Zones First day to ship Last day to order
    1A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    1B 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    2A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    2B 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    3A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    3B 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    4A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    4B 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    5A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    5B 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    6A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    6B 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    7A 8/13/2018 10/15/2018
    7B 8/20/2018 10/15/2018
    8A 8/20/2018 10/15/2018
    8B 8/20/2018 10/15/2018
    9A 8/20/2018 10/15/2018
    9B 8/20/2018 10/15/2018

  • Amaryllis and Paperwhites
    Zones First day to ship Last day to order
    All Zones 10/8/2018 12/25/2018


In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via USPS or FedEx.

Shipping Note:

Orders for gift certificates will be shipped immediately.

Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship any plant items from late June through August. General merchandise will be shipped with your plant order.

The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Large orders may be shipped in more than one package.

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Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.


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