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Osmunda regalis /Royal Fern

Osmunda regalis  / Osmunda regalis
Foliage and young spore-bearing structures
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Foliage and young spore-bearing structures

Summer foliage

Brown spore bearing structures occur in late summer

This fern grows well in partial shade and where there is a generous amount of humus in the soil

Ground cover planting in late summer

Ground cover planting in summer

Close-up image of a frond of the Royal Fern


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Scientific Name: Osmunda regalis
Common Name: Royal Fern
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Can form large colonies and always grows near water. Where conditions are near ideal, it can reach a height of 6 feet. It forms new, fertile fronds in autumn unlike most ferns which do so in spring or summer.