Royal Fern

Latin Name:

Osmunda regalis

Manx Name:

Renniagh reeoil


June - August

Locations where this species is found:
Ballaugh Curraghs Silverburn River

Called "Royal" because of its size, the name "Osmunda" may originate from a Saxon word for the Norse god Thor.

Royal ferns are abundant in the Ballaugh Curraghs and can also be found elsewhere on the island, preferring damp habitats.

In Slavic mythology, the 'flowers' (sporangia) of this plant are said to have magical powers.

Like many other ferns, the young, curled shoots of this plant are edible and known as 'fiddleheads'.

The Manx name for this plant is "Renniagh reeoil".
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