General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: To 6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

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Common names
  • Royal Fern
  • Flowering Fern

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Location: my front yard
Date: 2010-05-25
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-04-27
Unfolding frond..
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-04-23
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2020-04-26
Location: Bide A Wee cottage garden, near Morpeth, Northumberland, UK
Date: 2008-06-25
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-06-09
three plants together doing well
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-06-09
brown fertile fronds among foliage
Location: my front yard
Date: 2012-04-24
Location: my front yard
Date: 2012-04-24
Royal fern with misc. perennials
Location: My zone 3a garden
Date: 2014-09-01
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-04-13
intimate conversation  :))))
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-06-04
three plants together in a landscape
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-06-04
fertile brown leaflets at top of fronds
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-09-14
three plants together in a landscape
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-04-24
Location: Meadowlark Botanical Garden, Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-01
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-10-22
Location: Local nursery.
Date: 2008-0823
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-11-25
Beautiful autumn colour!
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-04-18
Very expressive unfolding fronds..:-)
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2007-05-25
 6:41 pm. Emerging a bit later in the season, this fern struggles
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2008-06-07
 1:51 pm. Stretching arms regally out, with a space for Campanula
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-06-04
three brown fertile leaflet ends on fronds
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-04-23
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2016-06-14
Location: my front yard
Date: 2009-05-19
Royal Fern and Jack Frost Brunnera

Credit florum
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2012-06-09
showing how the blooms grow off the branches
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2012-06-09
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2012-06-09

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My zone 3a garden
Date: 2014-08-31

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2006-05-09
unfolding frond..
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-04-17
just emerging frond buds still covered in wool for protection aga

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-05-03
Unfolding fronds backlit by morning sun..
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-06-01
Loves growing by water!
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-06-05

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-06-07
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 21, 2018 9:11 AM concerning plant:
    Royal Fern has a huge native range in wetlands and swamps from tropical South America up into southern Canada and in Eurasia and Africa. It is sold by some larger, diverse conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries, but it is not common in landscapes and gardens. Most of the gardening public does not know this species and it does need constantly moist or draining wet soil to do well. This species produces brown fertile leaflets at the tips of the fronds. I would say this is the tallest and biggest fern species that I know of.
  • Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 6, 2011 10:45 AM concerning plant:
    This is one cool looking fern! Wonderful images
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