Cinnamon fern

Osmunda cinnamomea

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea)
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Genus:  Osmunda

This deciduous fern bears shuttlecocks of lance-shaped, feathery pale green fronds. Separate, erect, narrow fertile fronds are cinnamon-brown in spring. Cinnamon fern is native to eastern North America.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Young fiddleheads are edible. Effective for filling bare spaces or adding depth in the shade of tall trees. Can grow in low, wet areas.

Care: 

Grow in moist, fertile, rich soil that is preferably acidic. Prefers light, dappled shade.

Propagation: 

Divide clumps from established colonies in autumn or early spring.

Problems: 

Prone to rust.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Showy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

Osmunda cinnamomea