Osmunda regalis

Fern, Royal

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Pot Size: 3" pot

Plant Description

Royal Fern is a great big, bold, majestic fern of bogs, swamps, and acidic damp places throughout all of eastern North America. From its massive base, clusters of erect twice pinnate (twice cut) fronds shoot up, vase-like, to 5 feet. However, under normal cultural conditions of damp or wet light shade, expect these ferns to grow around 3 feet tall. Royal Fern adds interest and a strong architectural component to the landscape throughout the year. The fiddleheads (new fronds or leaves) of Royal Fern are those eaten as a delicacy, and as these uncurl in the spring, the plants look so delicate. Summer brings on the bold display of bright green. Then in winter, after the golden fronds of fall have crumpled to the ground, the hummocks of tangled old black roots stand like burial mounds in the winter landscape. Interestingly, these wiry old root masses are cut up and used as slabs or ground up coarsely to be used as a potting medium for tropical orchids. In any case, consider yourself lucky if you have a site where you can use this beautiful fern.



Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type

Perennial, Fern


Light Exposure

Half and half,

Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Wet



3" pot


36 or taller



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9