Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis)

Plant Family: Osmundaceae

The Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis) is a plant of the sedge meadows, swamps, and bogs.  It favors acidic soil.

Royal Fern Osmunda regalis
Royal Fern Osmunda regalis leaves and spores.

Native Americans used Royal Fern for medicinal purposes, such as blood disease, intestinal worms, insanity, etc.

Royal Fern is sometimes cultivated in gardens today, and is available at some nurseries.