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- Cinnamon Fern-Osmunda cinnamomea Hardy Planting Zones- 3-10 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 3-8' Mature Width- 2-12' Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
Cinnamon Fern - Osmundastrum cinnamomeum
The tall, majestic beauty of the Cinnamon Fern is an eye-catching addition for any landscapers with shade to fill. Reaching heights up to 4 feet, the Cinnamon Fern has a unique, multi-dimensional appearance, brought about by the combination of an outer layer of large, green fronds with the cinnamon-colored fronds at the center of the plant. Native to the eastern United States, but also found in South America and Asia, these plants thrive in shaded, damp coastal regions, swamps, and riverbeds. For use in gardening, these plants must be kept moist at all times, particularly if they are in the direct sunlight.
Cinnamon Ferns are native to many of the world's bogs and swamps, with a natural rage occurring primarily in the Americas and Eastern Asia. The Cinnamon Fern is not evergreen, and tends to die down overwinters; but for all that, it is a gorgeous plant. Many of its central fronds grow erect and quickly develop into the vibrant cinnamon color for which the fern is named. Interestingly, the Cinnamon Fern is considered one of the world's few 'living fossils,' because evidence of the existence of this species can be found dating back as far as 75 million years. For very dedicated hobbyist flower growers, the rootstock of this plant can be harvested and used as an ideal planting substrate for many flowers and is popularly used to help grow orchids. This type of fern can grow to become very large. They can be two to five feet tall and also two to three feet wide. The fronds of this plant have a slightly fuzzy texture to them in the spring months. The fronds of the plant can grow to become very long and looks fantastic with a gorgeous green color they provide. They do need the shaded areas, so they do not dry out during the hotter months, and they can also be sprayed or misted to keep them moist.