Osmunda regalis

Royal Fern

(5 customer reviews)

From £6.95

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.

Origin: Pan global, including British Isles
Genus: Osmunda
Species / Cultivar: regalis
Common Name: Royal Fern
Synonym: Struthiopteris regalis

Plant Biography

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
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.

Expert Tip

Osmunda regalis thrives and looks fantastic on pond margins or near a stream, where its feathery fronds reflect beautifully in the water.
Osmunda regalis Pairings

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

Care & Size Guidance

Make sure to plant in a location with damp, preferably acid soil.

Just received my Osmunda, excellent packaging, delivered before 9am with no damage in transit. These are the healthiest, best cared for plants Ive ever received, I 100% recommend The Palm Centre. Thank you for such great service.

Pam.

Just received my Osmunda, excellent packaging, delivered before 9am with no damage in transit. These are the healthiest, best cared for plants Ive ever received, I 100% recommend The Palm Centre. Thank you for such great service.

5 customer reviews for Osmunda regalis

Just received my Osmunda, excellent packaging, delivered before 9am with no damage in transit. These are the healthiest, best cared for plants Ive ever received, I 100% recommend The Palm Centre. Thank you for such great service.

Pam

Arrived promptly. Excellent quality and the price represents excellent customer value. I would absolutely purchase from this company again and highly recommend.

Louise

Arrived promptly, well packaged, excellent specimens at a very good price

R Frank

Well packaged and arrived when stated. Plants still dormant but there is evidence of new growth to come. Moist and well protected, travelled well.

mark dawes

high quality plants.exceptional packaging and service.

eric barnes