HCP's Pocket Wetland Special Features (Continued)
Surrounding vegetation: vegetation that can grow in shallow water or moist soil in wetland margins
-Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis):
o Native herb
o There are separate vegetative and fertile fronds.
o Sterile leaves are light green, are divided into
about 12 opposite pairs of leaflets, and have wavy
edges
o Fertile fronds have a dark brown spike with hard
spherical spore cases
o Fertile fronds appear in July-August and remain
throughout the winter
o Can grow in groups at the edge of wetlands and
provide cover in the summer for small animals
o In the winter, the fertile fronds provide food for
Chipmunk and Whitetail Deer
o The fibrous roots reduce soil erosion

Sensitive fern fertile and vegetative fronds, Photo by Juliet Kaye
-Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea):
o A woody, deciduous shrub that can grow up to 6 m tall
o The bark and twigs are a reddish purple color
o The leaves are simple and opposite and are hairy and a lighter green on the underside
o The flowers are white or cream colored and bloom between June and August
o The berries are also a white color
o This dogwood prefers wetland margins, where soils are nitrogen-rich and only shallowly inundated in the spring
o The berries of Red Osier Dogwood are an important food source for birds in the fall and winter

Redosier dogwood leaves and red branches, Photo by Juliet Kaye
Surrounding vegetation continued
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