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Flowering Ferns

Osmunda spp.

OsmundaRegalis by Christian Fischer (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size




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Flowering Ferns Overview

Osmunda is a genus containing around 15 species of large temperate-zone ferns in the Osmundaceae family with a cosmopolitan distribution. Osmunda plants inhabit wet areas and are characterised by their tall, arching compound fronds bearing spores that ripen to a golden colour giving the illusion that the ferns are in flower, hence the common name Flowering Ferns. Some species, notably Osmunda regalis, the royal fern, are popular in cultivation, where they prefer a wet site and partial shade.

How to propagate Flowering Ferns


Division in autumn or winter.


Spores as soon as ripe.


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