Cinnamon Fern

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A focal point for a special spot, Cinnamon Fern, with its strong arching green fronds and rusty red spikes, adds a dramatic element to any shady area. Growing from 2-5 feet tall, it loves attention but is an easy-care plant when kept consistently moist. Plant a group of 3 or 5 for a beautiful show. (Osmunda cinnamonea)
Zones 3 - 9
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Easy To Grow
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 24-36" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all summer
Item Package SizePlant - 2" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
24-36' tall x 24-36 wide. Cinnamon Fern’s tall narrow spikes of cinnamon-colored spore-producing material reach up like giant cinnamon sticks from the center of the plant in spring - it’s easy to see where it gets its common name. Contrasting with the blue-green 4-foot fronds, this is an elegant and unusual fern. Plant it in partial to full shade, in humus-rich soil, where there is plenty of moisture. Excellent along a streamside or water garden. Lovely planted with Hosta, Coral Bells, Bleeding Heart, and other shade loving plants. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring. Native to North America and deer resistant too.
More Information
Item Package Size
Plant - 2" Pot
Common Name
Cinnamon Fern
Botanical Name
Osmunda cinnamomea
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Green fronds surround cinnamon-colored fronds.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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