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Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis (Royal fern)
Smith, R.W.

Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis

Royal fern

Osmundaceae (Royal Fern Family)

USDA Symbol: osres

USDA Native Status:

Both the Latin and English names refer to the majesty of this large and graceful fern. In spring it is most colourful, both the fiddleheads and young fronds showing shades of orange to wine-red blended with greenish brown. (Ferns of Grey and Bruce Counties)


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: This is a non-flowering plant that reproduces by spores.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field,Riparian,Swamp/Marsh,Lakeshores

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-07-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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