Red Fern

It’s leaves are turning colors

Autumnal scheming red, green yellow,

Burgundy becomes more intense…

Wild they grow, spore falls on the forest’ floor,

Nature nurtures with shaded cover and rains falling from above,

The wind is blocked by trees.

(Once the fronds break, they do not come back.)

Osmunda, your cinnamon color shows,

You love the heavy shades in the thickest thickets.

Slowly, your ferns spread, narrow fronds upright, emerging soft green, maturing to blue green, hugging moisture in the deep wet soils.

Your densely matted roots protect the soils from erosion.

You capture the morning sun or the afternoon shades as your flowers only appear in summer.

This fall your beauty is enhanced with the color of cinnamon!

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