In Pittsylvania County the Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) grows in swampy places that are in well shaded areas. It may reach from two to five feet in height, spreading out in a symmetric clump. The fertile fronds are cinnamon-colored, as are the early growing leaf stalks.
On the southern exposure of Smith Mountain several boggy areas are found at the base of ravines. These bogs contain several ferns including the Cinnamon Fern, which is deciduous and begins growth in March-May.
Also see this illustration in larger format, and the article “Ferns of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.”
Copyright © 2007 William T. Hathaway.