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     Royal Fern’s unique form and texture make it a perfect accent for moist to wet, shady areas. Its airy green and golden fronds appear in spring and can reach heights of 2 to 5 feet, making it one of the tallest ferns in New England. 


     Royal Fern is a larval host for various moth caterpillars.  Its fronds turn yellow in the fall, and it likes protection from direct sunlight.


     First photo: Anne Burgess, Creative Commons

Fern, Royal

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Osmunda regalis
    • Pollinator value: Low
    • Wetland status: OBL
    • Height: 2 to 3 feet, up to 5 feet
    • Light: Part to full shade
    • Soil: Medium to wet
    • Landscape uses: Spreads slowly via rhizomes; accents for water gardens, bogs, pond areas; pair with Wild Ginger, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Strawberry
    • Resistance: Deer
    • Native range here
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