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Matteuccia struthiopteris ‘The King’
Matteuccia struthiopteris ‘The King’
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Matteuccia struthiopteris ‘The King’

Ostrich Fern

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 9.045.040

This selection is extremely hardy and reported to grow up to 50% larger than its native parent, reaching up to 180cm or 6 feet or more in ideal conditions. Plants form a large, upright clump of big green fronds creating a tropical look and combining beautifully with Toad-Lilies and Hosta. Requires moist, rich soil where it will receive constant moisture. Edible fiddleheads but caution, cook thoroughly before consuming (in moderation). Easy and carefree. Also thrives in hot, humid southern regions where most Ostrich Ferns would not. Brown fronds appear in fall persisting through the winter and can be spray painted adding an interesting touch to floral arrangements. Deciduous.

Further details for
Matteuccia struthiopteris ‘The King’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Wild Flower
   120-180 cm
   47-70 inches
   90-150 cm
   35-59 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate