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About Cinnamon Fern


   Cinnamon ferns occur naturally in moist, boggy areas near streams and on shaded ledges.

   Cinnamon ferns generally grow in clumps two to three feet tall, but have been known to reach heights of five    feet if given constant moisture.

   The cinnamon fern receives its name from the small, younger fronds, which start out bright green before            turning cinnamon in color. These smaller fronds give striking contrast to the larger, deep green fronds.

   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.


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