Our organically grown Cinnamon Fern is scientifically known as Osmundastrum cinnamomeum. This is a large deciduous fern and is often used in moss gardens and shady areas when other plants don’t grow. This fern is native to North America and can easily be recognized by its distinctive cinnamon-colored fertile fronds.
- Name: Cinnamon Fern
- Scientific Name: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum
- Appearance: This fern has tall, graceful fronds and can grow up to 5 feet long. The fertile fronds are known for their warm, cinnamon-brown hue.
- Color: The sterile fronds display a vibrant green and the fertile fronds have a cinnamon color (hence the name).
- Environment: This fern thrives in moist, shaded environments and is often found in nature in areas in combination with moss. You can find it along the edges of streams, wet woodlands, and damp meadows.
- Soil Preference: This fern prefers moist, well-drained soils rich in organic matter but it will also survive in areas with moderate moisture levels.
- Growth Habit: The Cinnamon Fern forms dense clumps and is ideal for naturalizing gardens with shady areas.
- Erosion Control: The extensive root system of this fern helps stabilize soil, especially in vulnerable areas like slopes or near water bodies.
- Biodiversity Support: Ferns offer habitat and nutrition for small wildlife such as insects and amphibians and it will increase the local biodiversity.
- Maintenance: This fern requires minimal care once established and is often incorporated in low-maintenance landscaping projects. It is also relatively resistant to pests and diseases.
- Usage: The Cinnamon fern is appreciated for adding texture and color to shaded garden designs, and woodland settings and can keep shaded areas of a garden green during wintertime.