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Osmunda cinnamomea - Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda cinnamomea - Cinnamon Fern

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Osmunda cinnamomea, commonly called cinnamon fern, is a native fern which occurs in moist, boggy ground along streams and on shaded ledges and bluffs. Typically grows in clumps to 2-3' tall, but with constant moisture can reach 5' in height. Separate spore-bearing, stiff, fertile fronds appear in early spring, quickly turning brown. The familiar "fiddleheads" also emerge from the base of the plant and unfurl into large, erect, pinnately-compound, yellowish-green, sterile fronds which remain attractive throughout the summer and turn yellow in autumn.

  • Type: Perennial, Fern
  • Native
  • Zone: 3 to 9
  • Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
  • Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
  • Bloom Time: Non-flowering
  • Bloom Description: Non-flowering
  • Sun: Part shade to full shade
  • Water: Medium to wet
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Tolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Black Walnut