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Royal Fern

Osmunda regalis

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Plant Data

Osmundaceae (Royal Fern)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
4 metres tall
Bogs, ditches, farmland, fens, gardens, riverbanks, sea cliffs, waterside, wetland, woodland.
Ferns reproduce by means of spores. The spores appear in flower spikes and are golden brown in colour. The spores appear from June to August.
A majestic and distinctive-looking perennial fern usually growing no taller than 1.2 metres. Pinnate fronds with oblong leaflets. The Royal Fern can be seen from April to November. Sometimes occurs as a garden escape.
Other Names:
Blooming Fern, Bog Onion, Buckhorn Brake, Common Flowering Fern, Ditch Fern, Herb Christopher, Hog Onion, Kidney Fern, King Fern, Osmund Royal, Osmund the Waterman, Regal Fern, Royal Osmund Fern, Rusty Fern, Water Fern.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
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