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Osmunda - Ferns

Named for Osmunder, the Saxon god of war, Osmunda are graceful, medium-sized to large deciduous ferns, with erect or arching fronds, bearing their spores on modified fertile stalks. Their roots were aggressively harvested for osmunda fiber, used for potting orchids. Useful in naturalistic plantings, as backdrops in perennial beds as well as in bog gardens, these patriarchs of the fern world are extremely hardy and ornamental. They love plenty of moisture and are deer resistant.

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Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

Thriving in moist areas, Osmunda cinnamomeum (Cinnamon Fern) makes a dramatic focal point in the landscape.

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Osmunda claytoniana (Interrupted Fern)

A very interesting plant for the shady garden, Osmunda claytoniana (Interrupted Fern) is a charming deciduous fern with showy, lance-shaped, divided, pale green sterile fronds surrounding erect, central fertile fronds. The fertile fronds are interrupted in the middle by brown leaflets (spore-bearing pinnae) which typically fall off in mid-summer, thus giving this distinctive fern its common name. The interrupted Fern is one of the first ferns to begin growth in spring.

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Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens'(Royal Fern)

A majestic garden fern, Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' (Royal Fern) is a tall, robust, deciduous fern of upright, vase shape habit, forming a large rosette of elegant, broadly divided fronds. Emerging reddish-purple in spring, their lovely foliage matures to bright green in summer before turning shades of gold and russet in fall, adding visual interest in the garden.

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Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern)

Noted for its unique form and texture, Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern or Flowering Fern) is a tall, robust, deciduous fern forming a large rosette of elegant, broadly divided, bright green fronds.

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