Plant types and subtypes: Ferns
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, clay, sand
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Osmunda cinnamomeaAlso known as:
This deciduous species of fern is easily identified by its erect, central, cinnamon colored fertile fronds. These emerge first, followed by sterile, bright green fronds that can reach a height of 4 feet or more. The color and texture contrast between these two distinct types of fronds has made Osmunda cinnamomea a garden favorite.
Native to moist woods, stream banks and pond margins, the cinnamon fern can withstand full sun in wet, bog-like conditions. This fern is adaptable to a wide variety of soils and light conditions, so long as you remember that the brighter the light, the wetter it should be. The cinnamon fern will naturalize without becoming aggressive. Zones 3-9
Divide established clumps in spring or fall. Spores have short viability.
The central crown of the cinnamon fern produces a fiber called osmunda, which is favored by birds as a nesting material. It has also been collected as a potting medium for orchids.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IA
- Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
|Family||Osmundaceae||Royal Fern family|
|Species||Osmunda cinnamomea||cinnamon fern|