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     One of the nicest settings I've seen for Cinnamon Fern is as a focal point by a frog or fish pond.  It's striking in moist, shady areas with its tall cinnamon-colored stalks and lovely green fronds.


     Cinnamon Fern likes moist soils and partly shady areas.  It makes 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.


     Fun fact: The osmunda fiber used to pot orchids comes from the roots of these ferns. (NC Extension)


Fern, Cinnamon

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Osmunda cinnamomea
    • Pollinator value: Low
    • Wetland status: FACW
    • Height: 2 to 3 feet, taller with consistant moisture
    • Light: Part shade to full shade
    • Soil: Medium to wet
    • Landscape uses: Spreads slowly via rhizomes; shaded borders; wet areas along ponds and streams.
    • Resistance: Deer
    • Native range here
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