Fern With Flowers? - Knowledgebase Question

West Haven, CT
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Question by franny9
June 12, 1998
Please help me identify this plant and tell me how to care for it - basically it looks like a Boston fern with little purple flowers on it. Bought at a garden shop, it only says "annual", and no other information.. Thanks for the help!

Answer from NGA
June 12, 1998
The plant is probably Osmunda regalis, the Royal Fern. It grows best in a shady location, in moist soil. The plant is considered hardy from zones 4-9, so may very well winter over in your locale. Expect the top to die down in the winter, but the roots should survive if you mulch them heavily. Good luck with your new acquisition!

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