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Osmunda regalis

Royal Fern
Zone: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Light/Bright Shade
Height: Maximum 3 feet
Width: Maximum 3 inches
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Royal fern (or regal fern) is a handsome, majestic garden fern with large, rather coarse foliage. It is one of the largest of the temperate ferns, growing as tall as 6 feet, with an upright, vase shape. Its bold fronds provide contrast when placed with other ferns and perennials. When the fronds unfurl in spring, they are bright green and they hold that shade all summer. At maturity these sterile fronds are tipped with tassle-like fertile (spore-bearing) leaflets. In autumn their bright green fades to tones of gold and russet. In addition to being ornamental, royal fern's "roots" are used commercially in orchid potting mixes. Royal fern grows best in light to open shade. It prefers a rich moist to well drained soil and will tolerate sand, clay or wet sites. It can be grown in full sun if the soil is constantly moist. In too much shade the fronds tend to collapse and flop by mid summer. Cut to the ground in autumn once the fall color has faded.

(Source: Great Plant Picks)

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2 Nurseries Carry This Plant:

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Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Meridian Young Plants (a division of JRT Nurseries Inc.) Lynden, WA Email now 360-224-6363 Container: 4 Liner: 4
Sundquist Nursery Poulsbo, WA Email now 360-779-6343 Container: 2