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Osmunda cinnamomea


Osmunda cinnamomea, the cinnamon fern, has lush green vegetative fronds and cool rusty orange sporophytic fronds.

Osmunda cinnamomea is an unmistakable fern in which the spores are produced on separate stems (rather than on the backs of the fronds) that rise up into a vase of light green foliage. These turn the colour of cinnamon. Great for a shaded garden and moist to average soils. Deciduous. The fiddleheads are sometimes steamed and eaten in spring, though ostrich fern, Matteucia struthiopteris, is the more common culinary fern.

Common Name: Cinnamon Fern

Family: Osmundaceae (The Royal Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 2-9

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Orange

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time:

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Sandy or alluvial soils in swamps, low woods and thickets in eastern North America. Moist areas, acidic soils, frequently in vernal seeps from sea level to 2300 m.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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