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Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' (Royal fern 'Purpurascens' )

Skill rating
Intermediate
skill rating
Maintenance level
2 hours care
per year
Ultimate height
2m
Max height
Ultimate spread
1.2m
Max spread
Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens'

Other names: Buckhorn brake 'Purpurascens', Herb christopher 'Purpurascens', Blooming fern 'Purpurascens', Rusty fern 'Purpurascens', Osmund royal 'Purpurascens', King fern 'Purpurascens', Common flowering fern 'Purpurascens', Ditch fern 'Purpurascens', Water fern 'Purpurascens', Royal fern 'Purpurascens'

Genus: Osmunda

Variety or Cultivar: 'Purpurascens' _ 'Purpurascens' is a hardy, deciduous fern, forming a large clump of bipinnate, green fronds. The fiddleheads are flushed purple in spring and the fronds turn golden in the autumn.


Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' is: Deciduous

Flower: Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage: Pale-green, Purple in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Golden-yellow in Autumn

Habit: Clump-forming, Spreading, Arching

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Pests: Generally pest free.

Diseases: Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning: Remove dead or damaged fronds.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division, Spores. REGISTER to read more...


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Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' (Royal fern 'Purpurascens' ) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only, Roof terrace, Bog garden

Cultivation: Plant in most cool, moist, light shade. This plant will also grow in full sun if given plenty of moisture. Prefers acid or neutral soils, but will tolerate alkaline soils by adding lots of fibrous compost first. Can also tolerate very wet sites.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage: Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered, Exposed

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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