Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern

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.

PRN Preferred:  If space allows, Ostrich Fern is an excellent colonizer.  Very beautiful in the woodland garden or a container.  

  • Category: Ferns
  • Hardiness Zone: 3
  • Height: 48 Inches
  • Spread: 60 Inches


Qty Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
2 Matteuccia struthiopteris #1 (NATIVE-Ostrich Fern) 1920 8/1 Login for pricing
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