Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

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May 30, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I must have forgotten to post this plant to the web page last year. It is the easiest ferm to identify because it’s so unique-looking. Only the Netted Chain Fern (Woodwardia areolata) has any resemblence to Sensitive Fern. There are some obvious differences:
  • Netted Chain Fern has minutely-toothed leaflets while Sensitive Fern is lobed, but untoothed (entire).
  • The margins of Netted Chain Fern leaflets are wavy.
  • The leaflets of the Netted Chain Fern are narrower and less lobed.
  • The fertile frond of Sensitive Fern is a stalk with a beaded head that is produced in the mid-Summer and lasts through Winter. The fertile front of Netted Chain Fern is similar in shape to the infertile frond, but with much narrower leaflets. It also lasts through the Winter.
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May 20, 2014 Southeastern, Connecticut