Osmunda regalis
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Osmunda regalis

royal fern

  family osmundaceae 
  genus osmunda 

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Genus  Osmunda Species  regalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  royal fern Family  OSMUNDACEAE Specimen number  S13774 Data source  Allergy p283;HtZn p148
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Fern Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 6' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial to full shade Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 04,29 Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 02a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Osmunda regalis can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50� Fahrenheit. Royal fern needs summer days with high heat. This plant likes partial to full shade. It needs soil that is moist to wet.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Jun 01 - Sep 30 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This is a light producer of pollen but should cause problems to only the most sensitive hay fever sufferers. June to September is the usual season for causing hay-fever problems.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Rhizome Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Osmunda regalis can be achieved using the plant's rhizomes. Royal fern is a wildflower that occurs throughout US.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Osmunda regalis is a perennial. Royal fern is deciduous in nature. Leaves: This plant has classic fern leaves.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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