Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) [mah-TOO-kee-ah stroo-thee-OP-ter-iss]

Other Names Shuttlecock Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris 'Ostrich Fern'
Family Onocleaceae
Why Like In May, this ornamental fern puts on a Jurassic show at the north end of the woods, with graceful fronds unfolding 3+ feet straight up, and eventually arching down.
Description

Popular large ornamental garden fern naturally occurring in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Its lateral stolons not only allow colonies to spread, but anchor them to the ground, allowing it to live on riverbanks and sandbars as well as other frequently flooded areas. It has large, graceful, fronds which start out vertical and then gradually cascade outwards. Leaves brown in summer sun.

Named Cultivars Matteuccia struthiopteris 'Jumbo', Matteuccia struthiopteris 'The King'
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial Fern
Mature Size 3 - 5 feet tall. 8 - 14 inches wide.
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance Native to flooded areas, this fern is tolerant of standing water. It does not like to be dry.
Zones 3a - 8b
Tags Deer Resistant,Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period Non-flowering
Flower Color Part Shade To Full Shade
Foliage Color Green
 
Data Sheets
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