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Matteuccia struthiopteris
Matteuccia struthiopteris
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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 9.045.050

One of the most common native ferns, growing all over northern regions. Plants form a large, upright clump of big green fronds. In spring the unfurling fiddleheads are often harvested in the wild as a gourmet treat. Roots are spreading, and plants can form quite a large patch in time. Requires plenty of water through the summer, otherwise the foliage may become dormant. Cinnamon-brown fertile fronds push up from the centre of each clump in summer, and these remain attractive all winter long. Prune off dead foliage and fertile fronds in late winter. Deciduous.

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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Wild Flower
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate