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- Mature height: 2 to 3 feet or taller with constant moisture; grows in clumps
- Light: Part shade to full shade
- Soil: Medium to wet
- Landscape uses: Shaded borders; wet areas along ponds and streams.
- Deer resistant: Yes
- Fun fact: Osmunda fiber used to pot orchids comes from the roots of these ferns. (NC Extension)
- Native range here
Pollinator value: Low. Larval host for moths.
Striking in moist, shady areas, this fern provides an attractive accent and can climb to heights of 5 feet or more.
Its spring “fiddleheads” unfurl into large yellow-green summer fronds that yellow in the fall. This fern owes its name to the cinnamon-colored spore cases that appear on the stalks in late spring.