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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.

The Scientific Name is Osmunda spectablilis. You will likely hear them called Royal Fern. This picture shows the Royal Fern fronds are dimorphic.  Fertile fronds emerge in mid-spring becoming striking by summer as clusters of sporangia mature. of Osmunda spectablilis

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

The Scientific Name is Osmunda spectablilis. You will likely hear them called Royal Fern. This picture shows the 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 of Osmunda spectablilis

Will Stuart

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