Osmunda claytoniana, Interrupted Fern
This type of fern is a medium to large in size, having nice brilliant green foliage and spreading eighteen inches or so makes it an excellent fern to plant in a garden where the other garden plants do not need to be crowded in to grow. There's little maintenance needs to be taken to the interrupted fern. It a native and does not require any special treatment. Just simply plant and enjoy. It loves to be planted in moderately damp acidic soil but can adapt to dry, enrich soil types. It's a great choice for gardeners that's never tried native ferns before because the success rate is very high. It is native to North America, the Himalayas, and China. Missouri is the most common place to find it in a native context in habitats such as wooded slopes, sandstone ledges, and wet woodlands. Mostly north of the Missouri river.
INTERRUPTED FERN GETS ITS NAME BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT GROWS
It grows these long fronds which are then ‘Interrupted’ but shorter fronds in a spreading vase shape up to two to three feet and if there is constant moisture then every bit of five feet tall. It changes color throughout the year from a nice emerald green in spring to autumn yellow in the fall. It’s a fabulous fern to plant because of its brilliancy in color and size. Just perfect to plant and watch it get to full maturity in just one year. The interrupted ferns are an excellent border plant also.