Tips for Homeowners:
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.
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- 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.
Interesting Notes about Osmunda cinnamomea:
Bristly root crown, (Osmunda Fiber) is used as a potting medium for orchids
Characteristics & Attributes
- Great Foliage
- Mass Planting
- Water's Edge / Bog Plant
- Ground Cover
- Fast Growing
- Shade/ Part Shade
- Creeping/Ground Cover
- Spreads quickly by rhizomes
Season of Interest (Foliage):
- Moist, Well-Drained
- Keep Well-Watered
- Wet Soil/Wetlands