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Cinnamon fern

Osmunda cinnamomea

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

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

PropagationDivide clumps from established colonies in autumn or early spring.

ProblemsProne to rust.

  • Genus : Osmunda
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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