Osmunda regalis L.

Royal Fern

Fronds to 2 m long, divided twice, either sterile or with fertile spike-like tips (hence the common name). Blade broadly ovate in outline.

Can grow in cool areas.

Eurasia, N & S America, Africa.


Osmunda banksiifolium (Presl) Kuhn from Japan is occasionally cultivated; it has fronds divided once and segments that are coarsely toothed.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Osmundaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Osmunda regalis 'Cristata'

Segments crested. Origin unknown.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Osmundales
family      Osmundaceae
genus       Osmunda L.