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Common Names: Cinnamon Fern

Scientific Name: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum


Plant Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: Typically grows to a height of 2-5 ft.
  • Foliage: The fronds are deeply lobed, resembling the shape of a shuttlecock, and have a unique cinnamon-colored central stalk.


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: High
  • Light Requirement: Part Shade to Full Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Moist to Wet


Ecological Benefits

Cinnamon Fern is an essential component of wetland ecosystems in Maryland, providing habitat for a variety of creatures, including amphibians and insects. Its distinctive fronds and cinnamon-colored stalks add visual interest to shaded areas. By thriving in wet conditions, it contributes to water management and the health of local natural systems.

Cinnamon Fern

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