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A picture of a Royal Fern 'Purpurascens'

Royal Fern 'Purpurascens'

Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens'

Also known as

Royal Fern

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

    Royal Fern 'Purpurascens' Overview

    Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' is a clump-forming deciduous fern that in spring produces large arching fronds that are purple in colour. These mature to green throughout the growing season, however, the stems maintain their purple colour. Commonly known as Royal Fern, this cultivar has finer divided leaflets compared to the species. However, they both prefer damp sites in partial shade for the best results. Old fronds can be cut back in winter to show off the newly emerging growth in spring.

    How to propagate Royal Fern 'Purpurascens'

    Division

    Lift and divide clumps in spring.

    Special features of Royal Fern 'Purpurascens'

    Attractive leaves

    Wet sites

    Other uses of Royal Fern 'Purpurascens'

    These low maintenance perennials suit being used as a groundcover under Roses and shrubs. Providing architectural interest to informal cottage gardens.