This is the European native counterpart of our native Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis. In appearance, the plants are quite similar in forming a 3' tall, vase-shaped deciduous clump. In late spring, the clumps are adorned with a spore-filled "flower" atop the fertile fronds. As a general rule, O. regalis var. regalis has more leathery fronds and the pinnae (leaflets) are spaced closer together than in the American form. Moist soils will produce the largest plants, but Osmunda regalis var. regalis is amazingly drought tolerant.