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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern is a deciduous, native, clumping fern for cooler climates.  Large, erect, green fronds grow to 4' long and 1' wide and form a vase shaped clump.  Much smaller, brown, fertile fronds emerge in the center and stay brown through the year.  Ostrich Fern spreads and colonizes by rhizomes.  Will grow in average, medium to wet soil.  Thrives in rich, moist soil.  Will not tolerate the heat and humidity in the deep South.  Use for a ground cover or edging in the shade garden, woodland areas and along stream and pond banks.  Ostrich Fern does not like to dry out and requires consistent moisture.  Sun exposure is tolerated in colder climates with enough water.  Mature height 36"-48" up to 72", spread 24"-48"+

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  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Deciduous
  • Native to the Northern U.S.
  • Clumping, spreads by rhizomes
  • Fine textured,light green,lacy-like fronds
  • Upright, arching habit
  • Use as ground cover
  • Height: 3-6 Feet
  • Spread: 3-4 Feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
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Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Partial Sun
Full Shade
Water's Edge / Bog Plant
Erosion Control
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Cold Tolerant
Woodland Garden
Ground Cover
Foliage Color
Vase Shaped
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Wet Soil/Bog
Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris from Classic Groundcovers