• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Water Garden
  • Detail
    Plant type:Fern
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Brown
    Garden styleContemporary
    Design IdeasThis great upstanding fern is exceptional form for wild gardens. Plant in masses under protective tree canopies and within woodland groves. A super choice for sideyards that need bold fillers. Such good form is also super valuable massed into modern gardens, particularly in the urban environment. May be added to shade borders for height or background and color. A stunning background for fountains and problem solver for acidic, light challenged gardens.
    Companion PlantsThis fern thrives with other allies that lover sheltered woodland conditions such as Stop Light Foamy Bells, (x Heucherella 'Stop Light'), King of Hearts Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'King of Hearts'), Ebony Knight Mondo Grass, (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Ebkinzam') and Spotted Dead Nettle, (Lamium maculatum 'Red Nancy').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    The osmunda fern family includes just three genera. This one was classified to include nine species native to the Americas and Asia. It was derived from the name of an ancient Saxon god, Osmunder. The species likens the unique orange colored sporangia with that of the spice, cinnamon. This one is found in the North American forests and those of eastern Asia. Often called "flowering ferns" due to their sporangia which resemble flowers.
    These ferns are commercially harvested for osmunda fiber, an important horticultural product used in growing orchids.