Osmunda cinnamomea

Common name: Cinnamon Fern

Native plant

The fronds of Cinnamon Fern occur in groups, rising from a shallow, black rootstock. Fertile fronds appear first as furry fiddleheads, gradually becoming rigid and erect– turning from green to cinnamon brown. Sterile fronds arch outwards forming a vase-shaped circle enclosing the cinnamon fronds. It can reach a height of 6 ft and provides seasonal cover for birds and other wildlife. Thrives in moist soil, from full sun to partial shade. These plants spread very slowly, and can be used as a companion plants with other natives.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Retains leaves in winter Rain garden suited

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