Osmunda cinnamomea

(Cinnamon Fern)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Cinnamon fern is a North Carolina native fern which occurs in moist, boggy ground along streams and on shaded ledges and bluffs.. Typically grows in clumps to 2-3′ tall, but with constant moisture can reach 5′ in height. Separate spore-bearing, stiff, fertile fronds appear in early spring, quickly turning brown. The familiar "fiddleheads" also emerge from the base of the plant and unfurl into large, erect, pinnately-compound, yellowish-green, sterile fronds (2-4′ long) which remain attractive throughout the summer and turn yellow in autumn. The common name of this plant is in reference to the cinnamon colored fibers found near the frond bases. Osmunda fiber used in the potting of orchids comes from the roots of these ferns.

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Easily grown in medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, rich, humusy, acidic soils, but adapts to lesser conditions.

Additional information

Common Name

Cinnamon Fern

Botanical Name

Osmunda cinnamomea


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade


to 5 ft.


to 3 ft.

Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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