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Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris ‘The King’)

Deep Green

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USDA Zone: 3-9

 This selection is extremely hardy and reported to grow up to 50% larger than its native parent, reaching up to 180cm or 6 feet or more in ideal conditions. Plants form a large, upright clump of big green fronds creating a tropical look and combining beautifully with Toad-Lilies and Hosta. Requires moist, rich soil where it will receive constant moisture. Edible fiddleheads but caution, cook thoroughly before consuming (in moderation). Easy and carefree. Also thrives in hot, humid southern regions where most Ostrich Ferns would not. Brown fronds appear in fall persisting through the winter and can be spray painted adding an interesting touch to floral arrangements. Deciduous. 

 Sun Exposure 
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade

Soil Type 
  Sandy or

Soil pH 
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture 
  Average or

Care Level 

 Flower Colour

Blooming Time

Foliage Color 
  Deep Green 

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

Flower Head Size

   120-180 cm  
   47-70 inches

   90-150 cm  
   35-59 inches

Foot Traffic 

Growth Rate 

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