- USDA Climates Zone: Three to Nine Height: 18-24 inches Spread: 10 inches Soil Type: Very Wet Sun: Full exposure
OSMUNDA CLAYTONIANA - INTERRUPTED FERN
This fern can go by the name of Interrupted fern, but it's not to be confused with the Cinnamon fern.
Although they are very similar, they differ it the base segments. The Cinnamon fern has the typical felt like hairs, and the Interrupt fern has hairs that are tiny that the naked eye can't see. It is a temperate zone plant that prefers to grow in USDA Climate Zones Three through eight. Like most all ferns, it grows best in damp conditions. It also likes partial to full shade and does not like to be in the sun. They have a mature size of two to four feet in height and one to two feet in width. There are some parts of this fern that are edible such as the young buds and the base of the stipe. Unlike the Fiddlehead fern, the fiddleheads are not edible as they will give you diarrhea and tend to be very bitter. It is a great fern to use as erosion control on a slope. The interrupted fern make a great accent in a shaded border and do well in Eastern North America in zones 3 to 8. They need minimal care as long as they are planted in soil with high organic content and in a site that provides protection from the winds so they do not dry out. Easy to divide, the rhizomes, or roots, can be dug up in the spring and replanted after being divided. There are some interesting facts about the interrupted fern. There are fossil records that show this species, at over 200 million years old, is the oldest known fern in the world that is still living. And the interrupted ferns roots are often harvested in the spring by commercial operations to create a rooting medium, known as orchid peat, for use with orchids. Climate Zone: 3 to 8 Mature Height: 2 to 4 Mature Width: 1 to 2 feet Sunlight: Partial to Full Shade
Interrupted Fern Ships As: Bareroot Plant