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Osmunda cinnamomea
(Cinnamon Fern)


Botanical Name:
Osmunda cinnamomea

Common Name:
Cinnamon Fern

Plant Hardiness: Zone 3

Flower: The fertile fronds turn a cinnamon color and stand erect in the center of the clump.

Bloom Time: Mid to late Spring in New England

Foliage: The fuzzy white fiddleheads open into green leaves encircling the fertile spore bearing fronds.

Fruit:

Habit: Individual plants are somewhat vase shaped when leafed out but plantings are usually clumped masses with an irregular appearance.

Size: Usually 2 to 3 feet tall but can reach 5 feet in the right conditions.

Sun Exposure: Prefers lightly shaded to fully shaded areas but will survive in full sun if soil is moist enough.

Native Habitat: North America

Other Features: 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.


 
   

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