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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern

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Cinnamon Fern-Osmunda cinnamomea Hardy Planting Zones- 3-10 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 3-8' Mature Width- 2-12' Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner

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The Cinnamon Fern is aptly named.

The fronds or leaves start off green and small, and the fertile spore-bearing fronds are shorter and become a cinnamon color which gives this fern its name. Growing between an average of 2 to 3 feet it can reach 5 feet in constant moisture, however, can quickly grow and adapt to lesser conditions. This fern is an excellent selection along streams, water gardens, bogs or along ponds. They remain attractive throughout the summer and during the descent into autumn they turn yellow bringing natural beauty to any landscape it resides. In history, this plant was used as a food source and surprisingly for medicinal purposes making this beautiful and also beneficial addition to any landscape.

Cinnamon Fern is one of the hardiest of fern species that grows in large clumps along streams, marshes, and moist woods.

They produce two types of fronds the big green ones which are sterile and the small fertile ones who start out green but later turn to cinnamon color, and that gives the plant its name, Cinnamon fern. Young fronds are called 'fiddleheads' and are edible. They grow up to five feet tall and look beautiful in spring and summer months. During fall and winter, the fertile fronds look stunning in the snow. The fertile fronds carry sori on them which make spores that help in the propagation of the plant.

In swampy areas, this cinnamon fern forms large colonies.

The contrasting color and stature of the fronds give a tall and elegant look to this plant and makes it very valuable for landscaping. They are very adaptable and require less maintenance and flourish in large clusters in shady areas. Cinnamon fern is used in landscaping as containers, borders and inside yards. They are an excellent choice for bog gardens, water gardens, and wild gardens. They are harvested for Osmunda fiber which is used as a potting medium for orchids.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

USDA Climate Zone: 4-10

Tree Height: 3-6 feet

Tree Spread: one foot

Soil Type: Needs wet or continuously moist soil.

Sun: Filtered sun

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