This tall fern has large medium-green fronds and a stately, gracefully curved, upright habit with separate, showy cinnamon brown fertile fronds that emerge from the center of the plant. The best way to distinguish this fern from the Ostrich Fern is by the fertile fronds that appear in May and mature by mid-June. Ostrich fern has dark green, fertile fronds that ripen in July. Also, the pinnae (leaflets) of the Cinnamon fern have tufts of rusty-colored ‘wool’ at their bases.
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