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Royal FernFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Royal fern (Osmunda regalis)


The Royal fern is a fern that grows in clusters of fronds with fertile tassel-shaped crowns that can be either pink or brown that carry spores. It is these crowns that give it its namesake of “royal.”
Osmonde royale

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
This fern prefers humid air and soil with a slightly acidic pH between 4 and 6; The fern can also grow in clay and sand; Heavy shade is also recommended to retain as much moisture as possible Too much direct sunlight can dry out the plant and its crowns Are not harvested, reproduces with the spores stored in its crowns Royal ferns can grow to be an average of three feet tall Resistant to most diseases that heavily stunt its close relatives, making it even more of a low-maintenance plant