Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (Fr: Osmonde cannelle | En: Cinnamon Fern)
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, also known as cinnamon fern, is a deciduous fern species native to North America and Eurasia. It is known for its distinctive cinnamon-coloured spores and felt covering on its (inedible) fiddleheads and large, arching fronds that add a dramatic presence to gardens.
Habitat: Cinnamon fern is a hardy species that can be found in moist or wet woods and along riverbanks. It is suitable for USDA zones 4-8 and prefers a cool, moist climate.
Sun requirements: Cinnamon fern prefers partial to full shade, making it an excellent choice for shaded areas of the garden. Direct sunlight can lead to wilting and frond damage.
Moisture requirements: Cinnamon fern requires constantly moist soils
Soil requirements: This fern prefers rich, organic soils with good drainage.
Height and spread: Cinnamon fern can reach a height of 1 metre with a spread of 1 metre . It is a slow-growing fern but will eventually form a large group of fronds over time.