A spectacular fern for moist soils, The Royal Fern boasts huge yet delightfully airy, bi-pinnate leaves of the freshest of green hues.
Osmunda regalis is a striking, giant fern that unfurls in spring with bright light green fronds that gorgeously filter rays of sunlight. In autumn they turn bronze before dying back for the winter.
The Royal Fern grows from a dense and fibrous rhizome, forming large mounds from which patches of beautiful new fiddle heads emerge in spring.
Native to Macronesia and Europe, this large deciduous fern is found in fen-carr woodlands (wetland woodland habitats), riverbanks and rocky lake shores.
Osmunda regalis gained massive popularity during the Victorian fern craze, but more recently has become a popular choice to add attractive, fresh foliage to damper areas of the garden.
Osmunda regalis Pairings
This fern pairs perfectly planted with other large foliage, moisture-loving plants , such as rodgersia, gunnera and darmera.
For more complementary colour ideas, consider pairing Osmunda regalis with colourful moisture-loving flowering plants such as Lythrum or Astilbe.
Care & Size Guidance
Make sure to plant in a location with damp, preferably acid soil.