Royal Fern Osmunda regalis - 3 x 9cm Pots - Cut Back
This robust, deciduous fern forms long fronds that can grow up to 2.5m in height. It bears rusty brown pinnae at the tips, whilst its foliage also turns a similar reddish brown in the autumn. It grows well on the edge of streams, rivers and ponds, and can tolerate almost any soil type. The Royal Fern has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Foliage Colour: green in spring & summer, brown/red in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m - 2.5m
- Max. Spread: 0.5m - 1m
- Planting Time: spring/summer
- Uses: bog gardens, waterside, wildflower gardens
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Growing Habit: clump-forming
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Rate of Growth: max. height in 5-10 years
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade, full shade
- Moisture: poorly drained or moist but well-drained
- Soil requirements: acidic, neutral, alkaline, clay, loamy, chalky
This is a very versatile plant that will grow in most conditions. However, if growing in alkaline soils, it is advised to place some fibrous compost around the plant. It can tolerate a spot in full sun if it is watered adequately. It grows very well in wet sites.
Caring and Maintenance
This is a very low maintenance plant. Propagate by seed division in early spring or autumn.
Ferns are great at improving the air quality in your garden, and they offer lush, green foliage. They can grow in low light areas and need very little maintenance, if any at all. They absorb dank water, making them great for waterside locations and slopes.
RHS Award of Garden Merit
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.