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

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) NATIVE PERENNIAL

Size
Color
Deep Green
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
  Clay

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid

Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist or
  Wet

Care Level
  Easy


Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Massed
  Specimen
  Waterside
  Wild Flower
  Woodland

Flower Head Size

Height
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches

Spread
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches

Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium

 Photo courtesy of perennials.com



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