Osmunda regalis

Common name: Royal Fern

Native plant

Think big and prehistoric in shaded areas where moisture is persistant. Prefers sandy, acidic soils and periods of standing water.  Will tolerate some sun if consistently moist to wet. Often found in high quality native habitats.  It is slow to establish, but once mature has a large, shrub-like appearance and is very long-lived.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Uncompacted Urban Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
7 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Retains leaves in winter Rain garden suited

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