Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea)

Botanical names:
Osmunda cinnamomea Accepted
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum Synonym
Anemia bipinnata Synonym
Osmunda imbricata Synonym
Osmunda bipinnata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 24-36 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: produces spores on underside of fronds
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: rhizomes
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Endangered

Emerging fiddlehead.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 21, 2018 8:55 AM

Cinnamon Fern is a common species in swamps and wet places in such areas all over the Northern Hemisphere. It is sold by larger, diverse conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries, but it is uncommon in most landscapes and gardens, even though it is such a pretty plant. Most of the gardening public does not know it. It does need a constantly moist or draining wet soil to do well. It bears shorter, upright fertile fronds that begin as green but turn cinnamon-colored when mature as the spores ripen in late spring. The longer sterile fronds of about 3 to 4 feet long are of a thick texture and turn a nice golden color in the fall.

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