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- USDA Climates Zone: Three to Nine Height: 18-24 inches Spread: 10 inches Soil Type: Very Wet Sun: Full exposure
Interrupted Fern - Osmunda Claytoniana
The Osmunda Claytoniana, more commonly known as the Interrupted Fern, is native to Missouri. This plant boasts wide, green leaves and can grow from 2 to 4 feet in height. The Interrupted Fern gets its name from the sturdy fronts that fronds that grow in the middle of the leaves, "interrupting" them. These fronts usually fall off in the middle of Summer. The Interrupted Fern is usually found in areas north of the Missouri river because that landscape happens to be perfect for this fern. This plant likes to grow in areas that are moist (with slightly acidic soil) which is why it can most often be found on the slopes of ravines and in on sandstone ledges that are moist and wet. It is also found widely in colder areas of the United States. The Osmunda claytoniana can also adapt to a wide array of climates. This plant grows in Hardiness Zones 2-8. This plant would do really well in a home garden. I would take advantage of its wide presence in your garden and would suggest planting your Interrupting Fern in a shady area. If you have a stream or a pond near you, I would recommend planting it along that body of water so your fern can get the best soil possible. This can grow in partly shaded areas or in full sun, depending o the moisture level of the soil. The Osmunda Claytoniana is a hearty plant that is not very susceptible to disease or insects. This fern would make a great accent plant along the corners of your garden and would give wonderful texture along the perimeter of a bed of flowers. An interesting fact, this fern is actually resistant to deer, which makes it an ideal plant to install in your garden if you find yourself with visiting deer on your property. This plant is also an ideal plant if you are just starting off growing ferns since it is easily adaptable.