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Osmunda spectablilis

Royal Fern

Scientific Name:

Osmunda spectablilis

Genus:

Osmunda

Species Epithet:

spectabilis

Common Name:

Royal Fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Osmundaceae (Royal Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Nothing Specified

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

(*Key)

Global Rank:

(*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Federal Status:

(*Key)

Royal Fern fronds are dimorphic. Fertile fronds emerge in mid-spring becoming striking by summer as clusters of sporangia mature.

Will Stuart

The large, twice compound, pale green fronds of Royal Fern are a handsome addition to the native garden. I found these Royal Ferns paired with native Geranium at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Will Stuart

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