Osmunda cinnamomea

Sterling, VA(Zone 6b)

I have had a few Japanese Painted Ferns, but these are my first "real" ferns. Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern). I planted 3 last fall and they look so cool this spring!

- Brent

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Southern, CA(Zone 8b)

Nice fern, does it actually smell like cinnamon?

I also like your hosta plant. I love hostas!

Sterling, VA(Zone 6b)

I cannot say that I have actually tried to smell it. Some how I doubt that it smells like cinnamon.

- Brent

Bessemer City, NC(Zone 7b)

They call it "Cinnamon Fern" due to the color of the fertile frond and from the furry-fuzzy growth along the sterile stipes that is also brown.

Interestingly, hummingbirds will pull the 'fuzz" to line their nests.


Fort Pierce, FL(Zone 10a)

OOOH, I need one!!!! I wonder if they could stand our heat?

Cincinnati, OH

I grow a cinnamon fern in southern Ohio that is in a protected northeast location that overwinters and gets larger every year. Doesn't require special attention from me (sorry, no picture to post)

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Thought I'd bring this thread back, rather than start a new one...

I have started two Cinnamon ferns inside a couple of weeks ago. I bought the rhizomes from Wallymart. I couldn't tell which was the "upside", so I just stuck them in a soil less seed starting mix, watered 'em and put them in a south facing window. The little fiddleheads started popping up in 5 days. Then I decided to put them under my grow lights. My question is, I'm thinking these guys probably prefer at least partial shade; maybe having them under grow lights isn't a good idea. Anyone have any comments on this?


Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

OOOH, I need one!!!! I wonder if they could stand our heat?

Yes, it is native throughout Florida:

Sterling, VA(Zone 6b)

Thanks for resurrecting my thread...that sure is a pretty plant. I have move from that house but I still rent it out. I will have to stop by in a month and see how the ferns are doing. My new place has less shade but I am sure I could find a few spots for ferns.

Joanne: Ferns do well in shady locations. I can't really comment on your indoor grow lights. I suspect that outside heat and dry soil are the enemies, so I don't know how that translates to a moist and cool environment with a lot of light.

- Brent

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Westbrook, CT(Zone 6a)

Why not experiment? Put a couple under grow lights, a couple on a windowsill, and a couple more just in a room. Then tell us what happened!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

No room! In fact, had to move them out from under the growlights to make room for seeds that I'm starting. They'll have to do with light from the window....


The Woodlands, TX(Zone 8b)

I love those ferns, I just ordered one from Big Dipper Farms.

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