Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich fern

Fern Facts


Hardiness (USDA zones): 2-8 — Very cold hardy

Size: 3' - 6'

Size (cm): 91cm-183cm

Height and Spread: Large - Over 3' in height or spread in 5 years

Water Needs: Wet Soils

Garden Use: Ground cover

Origin: Asia, China, Europe, Japan, North America


Rhizomes establish exuberant colonies of individuals that reach 3′ to 6′ tall.  Spores are carried on special structures that overwinter for good visual interest, and the fiddleheads are edible!  Likes moist to wet soils, in full to part shade.

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