CCCD – Cinnamon Fern

Description

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

CT DR

Soil:  Rich, Moist
Moisture:  Moist to Wet
Light:  PS to Shade
Plant Height:  2 to 6 feet
Plant Width:  1 to 3 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  A dramatic accent to the shade garden.  Great for naturalizing in wet areas along ponds, streams and water gardens.  Good for shady borders and woodland gardens.

Clump-forming, deciduous fern with both fertile and sterile fronds (leaves).  Fertile fronds emerge first as silvery, furry fiddleheads that ultimately become stiff, erect and cinnamon-colored. Yellow-green sterile fronds form a vase-like circle around fertile fronds.  Slow to establish, but long-lived.  Provides nesting material for birds.  Densely matted roots harvested as “osmunda fiber” used in growing orchids.  Tolerates rabbits, black walnut, heavy shade, and full sun if growing in standing water at all times.

5-pint pot

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