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Osmunda cinnamomea
Common Name: Cinnamon Fern Family: Osmundaceae (The Royal Fern Family)

Osmunda cinnamomea
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An unmistakable fern in which the spores are produced on separate stems (rather than on the backs of the fronds) that rise up into the vase of light green foliage. These turn the colour of cinnamon. Great for a shaded garden and moist to average soils. Deciduous. The fiddleheads are sometimes steamed and eaten in spring, though ostrich fern, Matteucia struthiopteris, is the more common culinary fern.


Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Sandy or alluvial soils in swamps, low woods and thickets in eastern North America. Moist areas, acidic soils, frequently in vernal seeps from sea level to 2300 m.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourOrange 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height2-4'  Bloom Time 
Spread2-3'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Shade Part Shade  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureMoist Average  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone2-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Heuchera "'Marmalade'"
Bergenia cordifolia "'Bressingham Ruby'"
Brunnera macrophylla "'Jack Frost'"

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