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Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern, Osmunda)

Type Fern, Deciduous
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Osmunda regalis - Cultivation Notes

This architectural fern requires a very moist, humus rich (not clay) soil. It prefers shade but will tolerate full sun if kept moist. Mulch every spring. Good as a large container specimen.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Osmunda regalis:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Osmunda regalis

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
If you like this plant you may also be interested in these:
plants & trees with autumn colour / foliage
architectural plants
plants for heavy clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Ozmunda, Osmunder

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