Native to Eastern North America, this is a spreading fern that will form a colony in a suitable moist to wet site. Sensitive Fern gets its name from the fact that it will go dormant during summer drought or at the first signs of frost in the fall.
Sensitive Fern`s broad leaflets on the taller sterile fronds have a nearly tropical appearance. Shorter, brownish fertile fronds appear at the base of the plant in mid summer. Sensitive fern varies in height from a few inches to more than 3 ft. Combines well with larger forms of Hosta and other vigorous shade-loving plants. Possibly toxic if eaten. Best in wet woodland gardens and moist locations along streams and ponds. Also appropriate for shaded areas of a native plant garden or naturalized planting.