Onoclea sensibilis

Common Names: Sensitive fern, bead fern
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Ferns

The name comes from the observation by early American settlers that it was very sensitive to frost, the fronds dying quickly when first touched by it. The bright, yellow-green sterile fronds are deeply pinnatifid and are typically borne at intervals along a creeping rhizome. They grow to about 90 cm long, with a long, smooth stipe. The fertile fronds are much smaller, non-green, and have very narrow pinnae. The sori are clustered like beads or grapes on the upright fertile fronds, hence the common name bead fern. The fiddleheads are a pale red color.

Found near a variety of wet swamp and wood habitats: wet meadows, thickets and bogs, as well as stream and riverbanks and roadside ditches.

Primary Flower Color: None
Secondary Flower Color: None
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.