Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Royal Fern

Osmunda regalis
Plant Type: Ferns
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

2 to
3
feet

Spread:

2 to
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
3
feet
Spread: 2 to
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
3
feet
Spread: 2 to
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Ideal for moist wodland & shady water's edge plantings.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows well in rich, wet soil in an area mostly protected from the sun.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping, Containers
Basic Description

A large graceful fern with smooth textured, pale green, 2-3 feet long, divided fronds that change to a brilliant yellow in autumn. Taller in the wild. A ‘regal’, stiffly erect habit forms huge clumps when mature.

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