(Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) The fronds of cinnamon fern occur in groups, rising from a shallow, black rootstock. Fertile fronds appear first as silvery, furry fiddleheads, ultimately becoming stiff, erect, and covered with specialized pinnae, which turn their upper portions into a thick spike of fruit dots – turning from green to chocolate brown. Sterile fronds bend outwards forming a vase-shaped circle enclosing the “cinnamon” fronds. The fern can reach a height of 6 ft. The contrasting stature of fertile and infertile fronds can make for dramatic accents in a landscape. Native to northeastern United States, cinnamon fern requires moist, wet acidic soil. Can grow in full sun if it is in standing water all the time. Otherwise, must have at least partial shade and at least moist soil. Attracts birds, which use the fuzz from young fiddleheads as nesting materials. Zones 4-9.
Comes as a division