Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

Cinnamon fern, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum is a deciduous fern that grows in wet areas throughout New York State. It is an excellent selection for wet areas along ponds, streams, water gardens or in bogs.  Also grows well in shaded borders, woodland gardens, wild gardens or native plant gardens. Cinnamon Ferns are among the first ferns to emerge in the spring.

Moreover, these ferns aren’t just about holding soil in place. They also play a part in filtering run-off water, trapping sediment and other pollutants that could otherwise contaminate nearby waterways. It’s a natural filtration system courtesy of Mother Nature, with the Cinnamon Fern as a key player.

Medicinal uses: Cinnamon Ferns were used by a number of native American tribes for medicinal purposes. A decoction of the root was reportedly rubbed into affected joints to treat rheumatism. The plant was also used as a remedy for chills, headache, joint pain, and colds.

SPECS: Genus: Osmundastrum ; Species: Cinnamomeum; Plant Type: Fern; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Color: Green; Advantages: Erosion control, Grassland restoration, Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Perfect for rain garden, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 3 — 9; Attracts: Beneficial insects; Tolerant: Deer, Rabbits; Plant Community: Cinnamon fern makes an excellent companion to golden ragwort (Packera aurea), swamp pink (Helonias bullata), swamp saxifrage (Micranthes pensylvanica), Gray's sedge (Carex grayi), and great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica).;