Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens’

Purple royal fern

Fern Facts


Hardiness (USDA zones): 2-10

Size: 2' - 6'

Size (cm): 61cm-183cm

Height and Spread: Large - Over 3' in height or spread in 5 years

Light Requirements: Sun tolerant

Water Needs: Wet Soils

Garden Use: Containers, Ferns for color

Origin: Africa, Asia, Europe


A beautiful variation on the royal fern, this one emerges with purplish-red stems that it retains when the fronds are mature.  Moist, wettish, acidic soils work best for this fern, in full sun to part shade.

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