Cinnamon ferns, like most ferns, prefer areas that are shady, but will also grow in full sun if sufficient moisture is provided. Cinnamon ferns should be planted in loamy woodland soil under the shade of a tree to mimic the natural environment of this plant.
Unlike some other ferns, the cinnamon fern will tolerate flooding, and is capable of growing in wet, submerged soil.
White-tailed deer and other animals commonly eat the small fiddleheads of the cinnamon fern. When boiled, these small fronds are also edible to humans, though few people actually eat them.
Like other ferns, cinnamon ferns have rhizomes, which are a type of underground stem that spreads and grows new plants. This is one of the ways that the cinnamon fern propagates.
Cinnamon ferns are very valuable to the ecosystem.
They provide cover and shelter to many small animals, such as squirrels, birds, snakes and insects.
Cinnamon ferns are also known to grow and thrive alongside certain other types of plants. These include red maple and white oak trees, high bush blueberry, wild strawberry and greenbrier.