Garden Talk

with Rebecca Jordi

Q: Can I grow cinnamon fern here?

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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern

A:   You certainly can grow the native cinnamon fern, Osmunda cinnamomea, here in Northeast Florida.  Cinnamon fern has a compact, horizontal rhizome which is easy to grow but prefers moist to wet soil in sun or shade.  This is why you often see cinnamon fern growing in the swampy areas.  It may go dormant with dry soil and be slow to establish but it is a long-lived plant. One other important note – it is seldom damaged by deer. It can grow to about 2 feet tall but will die back in the winter.  It’s most distinctive feature is the bright cinnamon colored fertile fronds, produced in late spring which will die by mid-summer. 

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