- Royal Fern – Osmunda regalis Hardy Planting Zones- 3-10 Sun or Shade – Sun, Part Shade, Shade Mature Height - 2-5’ Mature Width- 2-4’ Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner
Royal ferns are unusual when grown and provide a fantastic amount of natural green color to all areas they are planted. This fern also produces an inflorescence from the top that appears to be tiny groups of flowers and is also known as the flowering fern. This fern does great in zones three through ten and is also called Osmunda Regalis by the botanical name. These ferns can grow to monstrous sizes and look amazing as they provide an outstanding look to areas. They are great to plant around a lawn because of the heights they can grow to become. They look very natural as they are growing and are very easy to grow and care for. These ferns resemble small bushes or shrubs as they grow and looks terrific. They provide gorgeous color and a very exotic appearance to all areas where they are planted. The branches can grow to become a few feet long as they mature and droop which creates an exceptional look. When the fronds begin to change colors to a yellow in the fall and winter, it is a great idea to trim them back to keep the plants healthy. The Royal Fern has a unique form and texture. Its fronds are large, bright green, and broadly divided. In spring they change to pink. At the tip of the plant, a rusty brown flower will spike. With a relatively high growth rate, it can reach a height of 180 centimeters. The fronds can reach 90 centimeters wide. The plant thrives well in wet sites. However, it prefers well-drained soils. It can tolerate different levels of exposure to sunlight. However, it grows well in areas which do have direct exposure to the sun. It is an ideal plant to have in your garden because it requires less maintenance, and it free from parasite and disease. Also, planting it is easy. You just sow the spores.