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Cinnamon Fern
Osmunda cinnamomea

This is Connecticut's largest fern. Its fiddleheads are food for ruffed grouse, and hummingbirds sometimes use the fuzz on young fronds to line their nests.

• Family: Osmundaceae
• Habitat: swamps, streambanks, shores
• Height: 2-5 feet
• Location of spores: separate fertile fronds are cinnamon-colored, narrow and erect
• Stipe (leaf stalk): round and slightly grooved; at first covered with cinnamon-colored hairs, later smooth and green
• Growth pattern: symmetric clump
• Persistence: deciduous

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Osmunda cinnamomea


Tip of a cinnamon fern frond.


Last updated November 25, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.