Onoclea sensibilis
sensitive fern

Onoclea sensibilis
Onoclea sensibilis
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Onoclea sensibilis
Common name: sensitive fern
Group: fern
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 18 - 24"
Foliage: stipe is yellow or pale tan, dark brown at the base.
spores on separate fertile fronds
Spores: late June to October
Habitat: low, rich, moist soils of open woods, moist meadows
Range in New Jersey: statewide but unusual in the pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a