We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.
~Paul Brooks ~


Sensitive Fern occurs over much of eastern North America, from the Dakotas south to Texas and thence to points eastward. It also occurs in parts of northern Asia.

Sensitive Fern
Photo: Mike Habeck.

Sensitive Fern has a strong preference for wet ground and grows readily in moist garden soils. However, it has a tendency to spread rapidly. The "sensitive" in its name is a reference to its susceptibility to frost, after which the fronds shrivel and turn brown.