Closed for the Winter. Re-opening in the Spring.

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) NATIVE PERENNIAL

Deep Green

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USDA Zone: 3-9

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.


Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade

Soil Type

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist or

Care Level

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Wild Flower

Flower Head Size

   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches

   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches

Foot Traffic

Growth Rate

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