Botanical Name:Osmunda cinnamomea Common Name:
The fertile fronds turn a cinnamon color and stand erect in the center of the clump.
Mid to late Spring in New England
The fuzzy white fiddleheads open into green leaves encircling the fertile spore bearing fronds.
Individual plants are somewhat vase shaped when leafed out but plantings are usually clumped masses with an irregular appearance.
Usually 2 to 3 feet tall but can reach 5 feet in the right conditions.
Prefers lightly shaded to fully shaded areas but will survive in full sun if soil is moist enough.
This variety is not overly aggressive so it works well as a backdrop in a shade garden.
Description: This native of North America can do well in several types of soil; however, it does require a good bit of moisture and some shade. In the right conditions it can become 5 feet tall although 2 to 3 feet is more normal. Its sporing body, cinnamon color, standing sometimes over a foot tall like a huge cinnamon stick from the center of the plant, makes this an extremely interesting form of fern.