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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.


 


Shirley Denton
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Vermont
James Johnson, 2000
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
Shirley Denton
James Johnson, 2000
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Saratoga County, New York
Susan Trammell