Scientific name: Osmunda claytoniana
Broad fronds are “interrupted” in the middle by fertile spore-bearing pinnae (leaflets) which typically fall off in mid summer, thus giving rise to the common name. Those spores are fertile, and when they fall onto the right type of soil, they propagate. This is why there are often broad swaths of these ferns in one place.
Like all ferns, it does not flower, but reproduces through spores.
This plant has stayed the pretty much the same for the last 180 million years!
For Your Garden
Plant these and other native ferns in a shady moist spot, and they will thrive and multiply, creating a pretty colony. Like all ferns, it is deer and rabbit resistant!
Often they will be found with the cinnamon ferns and sensitive ferns, as they all enjoy the same moist, shady habitat.
It can be quite hard to tell apart from the cinnamon fern, when both lack their characteristic-traits late in the season.
Its fiddleheads are not edible.
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