Royal Fern


This is the Royal Fern, also called Osmunda regalis, and is organically grown on our renewable fields in the Northeastern USA. This fern is native to regions of Europe, Asia, and North America known for its large, feathery fronds and distinctive crown of fertile fronds.


  • Name: Royal Fern
  • Scientific Name: Osmunda regalis
  • Appearance: The Royal Fern has large striking fronds and reaches 2 or 3 feet in height but can grow up to 6 feet if the circumstances are optimal.
  • Color: This fern is of a deep green hue.
  • Environment: It thrives in wetland habitats but can adapt to different garden settings and is often planted close to water features, in shaded garden areas, or included in woodland gardens.
  • Soil Preference: It prefers moist and well-drained soils and similar conditions to mosses. But it is a plant that adapts well and can thrive in both wetland conditions and drier but shaded gardens.
  • Growth Habit: The Royal Fern is characterized by its majestic growth and is appreciated because of the symmetrical arrangement of its fronds. The fronds give the impression of a regal crown and therefore a popular fern by landscapers.
  • Biodiversity Support: This fern creates a miro0habitat and shelter for small wildlife. This supports local biodiversity by offering shade and a hiding place.
  • Erosion Control: The Royal Fern has an extensive root system that helps with preventing soil erosion.
  • Maintenance: Like most ferns, this moss needs to be established first but once it is, it is relatively low-maintenance and thrives with minimal care.
  • Benefits: Besides its beauty, it also has practical environmental benefits such as support for local wildlife and soil stabilization.
  • Usage: Often used in moss lawns, underneath trees, or along the water in shady but moist areas.