This Missouri native fern is a classic woodland fern that crossed the river to delight Illinois gardeners. It will produce tall brown fiddleheads in the spring. Deep green fronds turn cinnamon brown as they mature. As you'd expect it delights in moist, nearly boggy ground, by streams, creeks, ponds; but also try it on ledges, say in a rock display or garden area that's tough to mow!
Pictures from Walters Gardens Inc.
Full shade, part shade
36"-48" inches tall
Trim to ground in late fall after several frosts.