Osmunda claytoniana L.
Osmundaceae (Royal Fern Family)
USDA Symbol: OSCL2
The fronds of interrupted fern occur in groups. Once-pinnate fertile fronds, which are slightly longer, have 2-5 pair of pinnae in the center of the frond which are twice-pinnate and utilized solely for spore bearing. Sterile fronds bend outward forming a vase-shaped circle enclosing the interrupted fronds. This fern can reach a height of 6 ft.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf: Dark Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Jun
Bloom Notes: This is a non-flowering plant that reproduces by spores which are brown.
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE
Native Distribution: Nf. to Man., s. to GA & LA
Native Habitat: Rich, wooded slopes; moist ledges
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist to dry, acid to neutral soils.
Conditions Comments: Interrupted fern is easy to cultivate.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by spores or rhizome division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Amandas Garden - Springwater, NY
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Osmunda claytoniana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Osmunda claytoniana in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff