FERN: Osmunda claytoniana (Interrupted Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for

Osmunda claytoniana Fiddleheads

Osmunda claytoniana Fiddleheads (Interrupted Fern)
Photo © 2017 Mary Free

the Mid-Atlantic

This native, more common to western and northern portions of the Mid-Atlantic Region, grows in moist woods, slopes and swamp edges. The term “interrupted” in its common name refers to the distinctive gap left in the middle of the fern blade when fertile leaflets wither and fall off mid-summer.

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