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Osmunda claytoniana

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
os-MUN-duh klay-ton-ee-AH-na
Description

Interrupted Fern is a native deciduous fern found in central and eastern parts of Canada and the U.S.A around upland forests whose climate is moist to rather dry. This plant is clump forming. It has fertile leaflets that develop in the middle of fronds. It provides shelter for small mammals.

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#fern#small mammals#NC native#deer resistant#clumping#native fern#shelter plant#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#birds
 
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#fern#small mammals#NC native#deer resistant#clumping#native fern#shelter plant#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#birds
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Osmunda
    Species:
    claytoniana
    Family:
    Osmundaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central, eastern Canada and U.S.A.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Shade Garden
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade