Caption: Cinnamon ferns (Osmunda cinnamomea) have emerged in the wetlands of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The initial stage of growth is referred to as the ‘fiddle head stage’ because the leaves look like the head of a violin. They will grow to a height of three to six feet tall. Cinnamon ferns will produce spores in May and June.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available