Osmunda claytoniana

Interrupted fern

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  • Deeply divided ferns that have fruiting bodies produced on lower portions of fronds in between the pinnae
  • Sterile fronds will form a vase around the fertile fronds- hence the nickname Interrupted fern
  • Newly emerging fiddleheads are silvery-white
  • Can adapt to full sun and drier soils

Height: 3-4 ft

Color: Non-Flowering

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Native


  • Shade/ Part Shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Spreads slowly by rhizomes
  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Dry Soil

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