I planted an Onoclea sensibilis, a single plant, in my garden. After the first season, there was signs that a fairy ring was forming. A few years later it was mostly complete, but then was obscured in the following years by the growth of the next generation ferns on the ring.
I have not seen any documentation in my field guides that sensibilis or any other fern creates a fairy ring.
I would believe that the fairy rings would be rare in the field.
Where would I find documentation on fern fairy rings?