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Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

Cinnamon Fern, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

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Osmunda Cinnamomea,Cinnamon Fern, Shade plants, shade perennial, plants for shade, plants for wet soils

Thriving in moist areas, Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern) makes a dramatic focal point in the landscape. This impressive, deciduous fern features erect, narrow spikes of cinnamon-brown spore-producing structures (sporangia), which emerge from the center of the plant. Resembling cinnamon sticks, these fertile fronds are quite different from the plant’s sterile, large, blue-green, lance-shaped fronds and have earned this Osmunda its common name. These fertile fronds appear as silvery, furry fiddleheads in spring before turning their upper portions to chocolate brown. The sterile fronds bend outwards, forming an elegant vase-shaped rosette enclosing the cinnamon fronds. Low maintenance, pest, and disease-free, Cinnamon Fern is a great asset for very wet sites!

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Clump-forming, it easily grows up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • A light dapple shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, humus-richconsistently moist, slightly acidicwell-drained soils. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Can grow in full sun if it is in standing water all the time.
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds, borders, underplanting of roses and shrubs, cottage gardens, woodlands, bog gardens, rain gardens, or along streams, ponds, or water gardens.
  • Rabbit, deer, clay & wet soil tolerant!
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by sowing spores at 15-16°C (59-61°F). These need to be sown within three days of ripening as they lose their viability very quickly. Alternatively, divide well-established colonies into clumps in either fall or early spring
  • Native to the Americas and eastern Asia.

Ferns come in an amazing array of textures, colors, sizes, and shapes. Easy to grow and quite versatile, they add beauty to almost any spot in the garden. While most ferns enjoy part shade or dappled sunlight, there are many which will also perform well in sunny locations, provided they get enough water. Most ferns are slow-growing and may take several years to reach their mature size. Requiring minimal maintenance throughout the year, they offer gardeners plenty of attractive planting options!

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 10
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Osmundaceae
Genus Osmunda
Common names Fern, Cinnamon Fern
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens'(Royal Fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (Interrupted Fern)
Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern)

Recommended Companion Plants

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (Black Mondo)
Rhododendron ‘Hino Crimson’
Lamium maculatum (Spotted Dead Nettle)
Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Amethyst Gem’ (Hellebore)
Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
Betula nigra (River Birch)
Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum)
Magnolia virginiana (Sweet Bay Magnolia)
Agarista populifolia (Florida Hobblebush)
Rhododendron canescens (Mountain Azalea)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 10
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Osmundaceae
Genus Osmunda
Common names Fern, Cinnamon Fern
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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