Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon fern

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.

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 2-3 feet
Spacing: 2-3 ft

Zone: 3-7
Color: Non-Flowering

Interesting Notes about Osmunda cinnamomea:

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

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Native
  • Great Foliage
  • Vigorous
  • Mass Planting
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Ground Cover
  • Fast Growing


  • Shade/ Part Shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Creeping/Ground Cover
  • Spreads quickly by rhizomes

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Keep Well-Watered
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands

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