Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon fern

  • Osmunda cinnamomea is a bold rhizomatous fern with a striking vase shaped habit.
  • Plants have a substantial woody crown that produces dark wiry fibrous roots and short spreading rhizomes.
  • Grows best in dappled to light shade with rich consistently moist or wet soil.
  • Thrive in humus rich sandy or peaty soils with acid pH.
  • Tolerates part sun in wet sites or garden situations with regular irrigation.
  • Pest resistant and unpalatable to deer and other herbivores.

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Foliage Color
Shade/ Part Shade
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Additional Information about Osmunda cinnamomea

Bristly root crown, (Osmunda Fiber) is used as a potting medium for orchids

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Osmunda cinnamomea

The dramatic feathery foliage of this fern make it a lovely and useful Accent for a Shade Garden or Water Garden.  In appropriate sites, Osmunda cinnamomea matures into a verdant and soothing Groundcover or Mass.  This fern can control erosion and serve as a valuable component of Deer Resistant Plantings, Low Maintenance Plantings, Rain Gardens, Wetlands and Wildlife Gardens.