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Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern

Fern

Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris, commonly called Ostrich fern, is a clump-forming, upright to arching, rhizomatous, deciduous fern which typically grows 2-3' tall in cultivation, but may reach 6' tall in moist, cool climates in the wild. The gracefully arching fronds emerge at the narrow base of the clumps in spring to form a huge vase-like crown. Good for rain gardens!

Ostrich fern Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Best in rich soils with constant moisture. Soil must never be allowed to dry out. Spreads by underground rhizomes to form dense colonies in optimum growing conditions. Prefers cool summer climates and is generally intolerant of the hot and humid summers of the deep South. Avoid windy sites.

Height:

36-48 Inches

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Spread:

24-36 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 7

Characteristics & Attributes for Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Wet
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Attributes
Ground Cover
Bog
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
Container
Specimen
Focal Point
Great Companion Plants for Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Night Before Christmas')
Bleeding Heart Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis )
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Obsidian')
English Ivy English Ivy (Hedera helix 'Gold Child')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Winter Snow')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Sum and Substance')
(Corydalis flexuosa 'Hillier™ Porcelain Blue')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Spartacus')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit')
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