Ostrich Fern has edible fiddleheads in the spring, followed by tall upward to arching green fronds. The finely dissected sterile fronds exhibit a feathery appearance resembling long Ostrich plumes, hence the common name. The fertile fronds appear in mid-summer and persist through the winter. Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Matteuccia struthiopteris is very wet site tolerant and is a deciduous rapid spreader. Relatively sun tolerant, if in a wet location.