Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern, Abby Elliott Shaw Nature Preserve
Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich FernMatteuccia struthiopteris, Ostich Fern, landscape

Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern

A spectacular large Missouri native fern, Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, creates a spectacular display with upright to arching deep green fronds that typically grows 2-3′ tall but may reach 6′ tall in moist, cool, ideal conditions. Its long ostrich plumes have a feathery look. Fiddleheads emerge in spring. Plants spreads by rhizomes to form dense colonies making them a good ground cover. Plants grow best in rich soil with consistent moisture.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Matteuccia struthiopteis

Common Name

Ostrich Fern

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Shade

Height

24-60″

Width

60-96″

Uses

Beds, Ground Cover, Mass Plantings, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Rain Gardens, Woodland Gardens

Resistance

Rabbit

Soil

Average, Clay, Moist, Rich, Wet

Water Needs

Consistent

Zone

3-7

Plant Type

Fern