Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
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Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda cinnamomea
A fountain-shaped Spirit that brightens dark corners with lush greenery.
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A muddy, neglected part of the landscape can be viewed as a problem… or an opportunity! Instead of hiding that gloomy space, why not transform it with a Spirit that thrives in those conditions? Cinnamon Fern fills dank, dark spaces with graceful fountains of lush, emerald-green foliage. Luxuriating in soggy soil and needing little sun to survive, it turns problem areas into delightful oases of green. Use it to create a soothing scene outside your home office window, and make your hours spent hard at work seem more pleasant. So lovely.


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
  • Show more ›

The Story

Ferns give a Jurassic Park feel to the landscape. These ancient Spirits, which existed with and even long before the dinosaurs, speak to us on a primitive level. They bring to mind an era we can only imagine, with lush ferny plants covering the ground as well as taking the form of tall trees. Cinnamon Fern is a special Fern that has the distinction of being the only surviving member of its genus, making it a sort of “living fossil.” Although it’s all alone, it’s found in many places in the wild. It can be found in the eastern United States as well as in South America, Siberia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Details

Cinnamon Fern gets its name from its unusual manner of reproduction. In late spring, rusty brown fronds emerge from the center of the plant, looking like cinnamon sticks. These fuzzy fronds are covered with tiny spores—the Fern equivalent of seeds.

How to Grow

Although Cinnamon Fern is one tough Spirit, treating it well will reap rewards. This means giving it a premium spot in the landscape where it will receive gentle morning sun or dappled sunlight throughout the day. It needs shade when the sun is hottest. This Fern also appreciates rich, organic soil that holds some moisture but drains well and doesn’t stay soggy after a rain. Regular irrigation is important for lush growth, especially if plants are competing with tree roots for water. Cinnamon Fern goes dormant in winter, coming to life again in mid-spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Partial to Full Shade
Avg Mature Height 2-3'
Avg Mature Width 2-3'
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Foliage Color Yellow-Green
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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