Onoclea Sensibilis


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SKU: onoclea-sensibilis Category:
Common Name: Sensitive Fern
Size: 2-3 litre
Hardiness: H6
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

2-3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Full shade, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Hardiness: H6
  • Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
  • Eventual Spread: 1.5 – 2.5m

Onoclea Sensibilis, also known as ‘Sensitive Fern’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is an upright, clump forming, deciduous fern, producing broad, lance shaped, arching, pale green, sterile wavy-margined fronds up to 1 m in the Spring, its fertile fronds being produced late Summer also lance shaped, are more upright in habit.

Looking After Your Onoclea Sensibilis

Generally pest and disease free, a moisture loving fern, preferring a humus rich soil, and shady position within the garden, an ideal water-side plant. Late autumn remove any dead or damaged fronds and provide a generous mulch of well rotted garden compost. Early Spring is an ideal time to propagate by division or re-locate to a new site, also giving a good sprinkle of bone meal or a general purpose fertiliser to encourage fresh new growth.

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