This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Osmunda Japonica corymbifera (see illustration) - Almost all lovers of hardy ferns are familiar with the beautiful cinnamon fern of the woods, Osmundia cinnamomea, and the Royal fern, Osmunda regalis; and may form some idea from these of this pretty fern which has been introduced to notice by the well-known firm of James Veitch & Sons, who furnish following memorandum regarding it:
Osmunda Japonica corymbifera.
"A very distinct and beautiful Japanese Fern of dwarf habit; unquestionably the best Osmunda for decorative purposes, and especially for pot culture, yet introduced.
"It is well distinguished by the following characteristics: The fronds are crowded; their stipes are erect or sub-erect, quite smooth, slender, and of a bright rosy pink color; they rise to a height of about 4 inches, and support leafy expansions of deltoid or triangular outline that bend away almost horizontally from the common center in all directions. The rachides are paler in color than the stipes; each rachis usually carries two pairs of opposite pinnae, and a terminal one; each pinnae of the lowest pair has a short footstalk, and a lanceolate or nearly oblong blade, which has two rather large lobes at the base, and is cut at the apex into several rounded divisions; occasionally the blade furcates, and each division is crested. The second or anterior pair of pinnae are shorter, almost sessile, without basal lobes, and with the divisions at their apices less dilated; the terminal; pinnae more or less resembles those of the lowest pair.
"The compact dwarf habit of the plant, the distinct cristation of the pinnae, and the peculiar soft color of the fronds, which offers a pleasing contrast to every other Fern, combine to give this Osmunda an unique character that cannot fail to recommend it to the attention of cultivators".