Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Interrupted Fern (Osmunda claytoniana): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 11, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I love ferns (and plants) that are easy to identify! Remember that Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) has a separate fertile frond (leaf) with cinnamon-colored spore-bearing leaflets completely covering the leaf blade. In the case of Interrupted fern, the fertile fronds have regular leaflets that are interrupted by several sets of dark brown spore-bearing leaflets. The slightly shorter sterile fronds have no spore-bearing leaflets. The first picture to the right shows a fertile frond with three sets of dark brown spore-bearing leaflets.

The fronds are large and grow in a circle. The leaf stalk (stipe) has tan wooly hairs. The fiddleheads are stout with white to light tan wooly hairs. The leaves are bipinnate. Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis) is similar to Interrupted Fern except the spore-bearing leaflets are produced at the apex of the leaf blade.