Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens’ is a majestic fern that derives its name from its large and graceful appearance, adorned with spikes of spore-bearing fronds that give the impression of blooming.
These ferns can grow very old and large, up to 150cm tall. They prefer a sheltered location in shade or partial shade, but if the soil is sufficiently moist, they can also tolerate morning or evening sun, or even full sun. Humus-rich soil is ideal, but sandy or certain clay soils can also suffice, as long as they are sufficiently moist. They are beautiful when planted in groups or used as a solitary plant in the garden, and they prefer to grow in lower-lying areas, preferably near water. This fern is extremely winter-hardy (down to -30°C), but dies back in winter.
The ‘Purpurascens’ addition to the name is due to its purplish-red leaves that emerge in the spring, and the stems also turn red, in contrast to its brother, the ‘normal’ Osmunda regalis.
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