The Osmundastrum, or Cinnamon Fern as it's more commonly known as, is called this because of it's cinnamon stick like stalks in the middle of the plant, not because it produces cinnamon. The light, cinnamon brown color and flaky texture remind many of the pure and delicious cinnamon stick. Along with the stalks in the middle, the fern has green leaves that flow out in all directions, producing a rich, full plant, spread at the top and clustered at the bottom. More information on the Cinnamon Fern can be found below:
- The Cinnamon Fern is native to the Americas and Eastern Asia and most easily grows in swamps, bogs or damp woodland.
- The Cinnamon Fern produces separate fertile and sterile fronds (large, divided leaves) spreading as much as 4 feet tall and 8 inches wide. The fertile fronds turn a cinnamon color when carrying spores.
- When planting this fern in your own yard, make sure to plant it in a shaded area, as they thrive in deep shade or filtered sunlight. If being kept in the sun, make sure the ground is constantly moist or the plant will quickly dry out and die.
- Also when planting, a soil rich in organic matter is best. Work plenty of compost for added moisture and richer soil.
- Given the proper conditions, a Cinnamon Fern will grow rather quickly. Keep the ground moist at all times and plant in shade for best results.
Thinking of planting some? Keep in mind the list above, but don't hesitate or be scared away. This plant is great as a backdrop for other flowers as well as providing a tall, leafy barrier between gardens or sections of yard. Though it does not actually produce cinnamon, this plant's look will give your yard that spice of personality that it needs to flourish.