Royal Fern

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Royal Fern – Osmunda regalis Hardy Planting Zones- 3-10 Sun or Shade – Sun, Part Shade, Shade Mature Height - 2-5’ Mature Width- 2-4’ Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner

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Royal Fern is a deciduous fern that thrives in very wet areas, and among other plants like orchids and lilies. 

The Royal Fern is also known as the Flowering Fern because its fronds grow independently upright and broad. The Royal Fern is an opportunist plant that readily flourishes in prime areas. Its quickly spreading root systems result in a thorough establishment in a planting area and substitute for fronds that are sterile. In old world Asian areas, the Royal Fern is a favorite green used in exclusive cuisine, but most gardeners find the Royal Fern to be perfect florid and plush ground cover. The individual fronds of the Royal Fern can quickly reach 160 cm in length, and 40 cm in breadth. This is an ideal fern for effortlessly adding color and a low canopy to a water garden area.



 The royal fern has long fronds, similar to those found on locust trees. The plant spreads slowly and prefers open shade gardens with very wet soil that is high in Royal acid ferns should be divided in eh spring with crowns planted just at the level of the ground. But can also grow well within sandy, loamy, or clay soils as well. Grown in the proper conditions, the Royal fern appears regal, and are perfect for great accents in a garden.

Many people do not think that the Royal fern looks like a fern, claiming that it seems more like a member of the legume family than ferns. Because of the plant's height, Royal ferns are perfect for background planting or against foundations, and they add a nice look to garden borders as well. Royal ferns have clumping root systems so that they do not spread.



 Royal Fern would be confused with a beautiful deciduous hedge plant if it were to be planted in groups. It can easily obscure garden fences, walls, and sheds. It grows and transplants very quickly and is found almost all over temperate regions of the globe.

 Like most ferns, Royal ferns require minimal maintenance and usually do not need additional fertilizer once they are planted. It is advisable to trim yellow fronds in late fall or early winter. There is a great benefit to the royal fern with it being deer resistant.



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