Royal Fern {25 Bare Root plants}

If you seek life-size versions of feathery green foliage, the Royal Fern will suit you perfectly. It is the largest and most spectacular North American fern. Massive in size, its sterile fronds can reach from 2-5 feet in height and stretch up to 1 1/2 feet broad.

The sterile fronds are bipinnate with 7-9 pairs of pinnae up to 12 inches long. Each pinnae has 7-13 pairs of 1-2 1/2 inch long and 1/2-3/4 inch broad pinnules.

Uniquely, this fern offers both a sterile and fertile frond. Unlike most ferns, the fertile fronds are produced in early autumn and are erect and shorter (8-20 inches tall) than their counterparts with around 2-3 pairs of sterile pinnae at their base, and 7-14 pairs of densely clustered sporangia above.

This species is an ideal accent plant for landscaping due to its longevity, large size, and distinctly different (sterile and fertile) components offering constant and ever-changing visual and textural elements. When mature, the Royal Fern features lovely rust-colored flower spikes and hairless leaves, though when the fronds are young, they are quite hairy as they emerge.

Broad, oblong-shaped leaflets divide its bright-green fronds. This deciduous, herbaceous plant not only requires, but loves moist soil, and when planted near water (including rivers and stream-banks where running water continually covers their rhizomes), they have the ability to grow into incredibly large colonies.

While native to woodland and forest, they generally prefer fairly high light intensity. They are winter dormant, have a slow to moderate growth rate, and are composed of symmetric clumps. Given their size, Royal Ferns have a massive, creeping rhizome with a rootstock that can protrude several centimeters above the ground, somewhat similar to a short trunk covered with leaf sheaths and roots.

Royal Ferns offer a constantly changing perennial with fanning, fresh foliage in man-size portions and rich rusty flower spikes. It's no wonder this fern is called Royal; in truth, it is quite majestic to behold.

Gardener Tips
A perfect application for this fern is a woodland area near a stream where you'd like lush green color to contrast the grey bark of neighboring trees. Over time you'll create a forest of ferns standing guard over your stream.

If you are considering purchasing this plant in bare root form, please read about bare root plants so you know what to expect.
General information about Ferns:
When gardeners and landscape designers are looking for a dramatic, vibrant spray of color and foliage, they will often consider ferns for their project. In addition to sweeping texture and lush greenery, ferns work wonderfully as independent or companion perennials.

Perfect in mass plantings where they create the feeling of a field of grass swaying gently in soft breezes, ferns are also delightful as borders where they stand like shapely chartreuse soldiers at the edges of garden beds. Then again, when used as accents, in single plantings, or clusters amidst a rock garden, you have a moving work of willowy art.

But what to choose? You’ll be pleased to know that after more than 40 years of experimenting with various ferns, we have compiled a selection of the easiest to grow and hardiest ferns.Essentially, we’ve narrowed the list down for you, so you can select from our varieties with confidence. A bonus with our ferns is that all, except Japanese Painted Fern and Japanese Shield Fern are native to the United States.

Our ferns generally thrive in part shade and full shade. Have a full sun location? Southern Shield Fern even tolerates full sun! You will love the hardiness of our ferns as all of them are tolerant of drought and most are rarely eaten by deer.

Selections like Christmas Fern are wonderful erosion control options. With some ferns being evergreen and some semi-evergreen, you are sure to find the option that works wonderfully for your garden. Be sure to check each plant's Description tab for details.

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Excellent plants
07/04/2019 By William Brosious (PA)
Product reviewed: Royal Fern {10 Bare Root plants}
Growing into nice large clumps. Couldn't ask for better plants or service
Beautiful Plants
06/26/2019 By Susan (NJ)
Product reviewed: Royal Fern {25 Bare Root plants}
These were clearly packed with care and arrived in excellent condition. We planted them within in an hour of delivery and we think they will thrive because they are very healthy substantial starts. Great value.
Excellent plants!
06/11/2019 By Sharon Searles (FL)
Product reviewed: Royal Fern {25 Bare Root plants}
I received your plants and they were packaged beautifully and are incredibly healthy and thriving.
Thank you!
So far so good
05/18/2019 By Don Miller (OH)
Product reviewed: Royal Fern {10 Bare Root plants}
So far roots looked good and healthy. Some have began to sprout waiting on others.
baby royal ferns planted and growing
05/27/2018 By Laura Pitchford
Product reviewed: Royal Fern {25 Bare Root plants}
I ordered 25 royal fern for my front flower bed. the bed is in shade all day so I thought the fern would be perfect. They are really growing and I really enjoy watching them grow. I lost two of the fern, but I wasn't able to get the fern in the ground for... Read full review >
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Performs best in well-drained (but moist) soil with added organic compost or peat moss. Best not to allow soil to dry out.
Will tolerate sun if given enough moisture.
Ferns have delicate foliage that often suffers during shipment and transplanting. Cut off any foliage that is broken, bent, brown or yellow - the plants will quickly recuperate with fresh growth. Bare root ferns are particularly prone to foliage loss, it is not uncommon to have to cut them off at ground level when transplanting. As long as the roots are firm they will recover, showing new growth within weeks during warm months.
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Osmunda regalis
(AKA O. mexicana, O. palmeri, O. spectabilis, Aphyllocalpa regalis, Flowering Fern)
Pronunciation: oz-MUN-duh ruh-GAY-liss

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