Royal fern

Osmunda regalis

Royal fern - Osmunda regalis

Common Name: Royal fern
Genus: Osmunda
Species: regalis

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A stunning giant fern that really lives up to its regal name. In spring, huge bright green fronds unfurl and filter the sunlight. In autumn they turn bronze before dying back. This deciduous fern forms a natural rounded shape and looks fantastic planted near a pond or stream where its feathery fronds will be reflected in the water. It likes damp, preferably acid soil and looks breathtaking with other moisture-loving large foliage plants such as Rodgersia and Gunnera.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or early spring.