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Cinnamon Fern

Scientific name

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum


Cinnamon Fern is a perennial fern species that typically grows less than 1 m in height. Fiddleheads appear from the base of the plant and unfurl into large, green, arching, pinnately compound leaves. Erect, spore-bearing fronds appear out of the center of the leaves in the early spring and quickly turn a cinnamon brown color.

Planting conditions

Cinnamon Fern grows best in moist or wet conditions with full or partial shade. It prefers rich, humus or loam soil types. It is tolerant to heavy shade, acidic soil, and periodically flooded areas. This plant can be naturally found in moist forests, around marshes, bogs, and along shaded stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Fern
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m