Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
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Deciduous Perennial Fern in the Onocleaceae Family
Why Like In May, this ornamental fern puts on a Jurassic show at the north end of the woods, with graceful fronds unfolding 3+ feet straight up, and eventually arching down.

Plant Data

Mature Size 4 - 6 feet tall. 3 - 4 feet wide.
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Partial Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet: It is essential to water your Ostrich Fern often to maintain medium to wet conditions during the hot season. If the plant doesn’t get enough moisture, its foliage can go dormant too early.
Zones 3a - 8b
Tags Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Fast Growth Rate, Full Shade, Good for Accents, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Mass Planting, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Medium, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Wet, Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period Non-flowering
Flower Color Part Shade To Full Shade
Foliage Color Green

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Commonly Planted with...

Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina), Astilbes (Astilbe spp.), Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis),Hostas (Hosta spp), Primulas.

Photos of This with...

Box Elder, Angelface Blue Summer Snapdragon, Sprite Astilbe, Japanese painted fern, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, Superbells Blackcurrant Punch Million Bells, Superbells Double Amber Million Bells, Superbells Dreamsicle Calibrachoa, Wild Hyacinth, Eastern Redbud, Eastern Redbud 'Forest Pansy', Golden Showers Threadleaf Coreopsis, Wolf Eyes Dogwood, Vermillionaire Firecracker Plant, Cushion Spurge, White Ash, Wild Geranium, Cow Parsnip, Dame's Rocket, Paris Coral Bells, Beyond Glory Plantain Lily, Blue Mammoth Hosta, Golden Scepter Hosta, Invincible Hosta, Rainforest Sunrise Hosta, Shadowland Empress Wu Hosta, Spanish Bluebell, Annabelle Hydrangea, Cardinal Flower, Virginia Bluebells, Petite Delight Wild Bergamot, Daffodil, Watch Up Trumpet Daffodil, Japanese pachysandra, Blue Fountain Switch Grass, Denim 'n Lace Russian Sage, Supertunia Raspberry Rush Petunia, Newport Cherry Plum, Chokecherry, Oak, Siberian Squill, Wood Lily,
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