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

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
2m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

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 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

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading, Arching

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

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

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


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Where to grow

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)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

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 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.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading, Arching


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

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


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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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