Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis

Osmunda regalis

"Royal fern"

Osmunda regalis

1 bare root — £3.48

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Description

Surround yourself with a cool forest of ferny foliage using this big and lush Osmunda regalis. Also known as royal fern, it’s certainly majestic—a whopper reaching heights of over 2m at maturity. Fuzzy, pale copper shoots emerge in spring, colouring fresh green in summer. Fronds are tipped with pinnae filled with chestnut-brown spores, giving the appearance of feathery flowerheads from a distance. As summer ends, the elegant Osmunda regalis transitions through shades of gold, orange and bronze, bringing a toasty late season colour hit.   

This goliath fern is the largest European species, demanding plenty of space to reach its full potential. Given a shaded spot on reliably moist soil, it makes an impressive statement plant for natural planting schemes and bog gardens. In sunny locations, Osmunda regalis copes well, providing the soil remains damp during the driest weather. Try positioning it at a pond’s edge where it can be admired across open water to dramatic effect. 

Ferns exist for about 360 million years, but 80% of living fern diversity did not appear until mid-Cretaceous, about 130 million years ago.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Osmunda regalis

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Pots

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Clay
    Loam-based compost
    Sandy

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Osmunda regalis roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Royal fern" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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