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Cinnamon fern
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum
Osmundaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Specimen or accent groundcover in moist to wet sites.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A fairly common element of freshwater marshes and prairies.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium herbaceous fern.
Dimensions:
Typically 3-4 feet in height. Usually as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Widespread in eastern and central North America west to Texas and south to Broward and Collier counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World. Very rare in Broward County.
Habitats:
Swamps and marshes.
Soils:
Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade or moderate shade.
Flower Color:
N/A.
Flower Characteristics:
There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.
Flowering Season:
Spring.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous spores.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from spores.
Comments:
It is listed as commercially exploited by the state of Florida.


 


Susan Trammell
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat in Saratoga County, New York
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat in Vermont
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton