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Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon Fern

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Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

This fern can be easily distinguished from the Ostrich Fern by the fertile fronds that appear in May and mature by mid-June. The dark green fronds of the Ostrich Fern do not ripen until July. It is a stately, gracefully curved fern with an upright habit. Showy, cinnamon brown fronds emerge from the crown that has tufts of rust-colored wool at the base.

Additional Information:


Height
1-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Light Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

High
Moderate

Special Uses

Ground Cover

Sun Exposure

Shade

Wildlife Benefit

Cover