Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Also called Fiddlehead Fern

  • AKA Matteuccia pennsylvanica
  • Broad, lance-shaped, pale green fronds
  • Smells like freshly mown hay when fronds are broken
  • Short dark brown fertile fronds appear in the centre in late summer
  • Upright, arching habit
  • Spreads vigorously by shallow underground rhizomes
  • Deciduous

ZONE:
4

COLOUR:
Non-flowering

HEIGHT:
90-130 cm

SPREAD:
60-90 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Matteuccia grows best in a moist to average, well-drained soil, in full shade or partial shade. They will tolerate dry, sunny locations, however, they may brown a little and go dormant earlier in these conditions.

Additional Notes about Ostrich Fern:


Native to Ontario