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Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica

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Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica

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Deer Resistant
Easy Care
Fall Color

Botanical Name

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica

Outdoor Growing zone

Mature Height

3-6

Mature Width

3-4

Sun needs

Shade

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AK, CA, HI, PR

The Ostrich Fern, or Shuttlecock Fern, is a wonderful addition to the shady parts of your garden, bringing a lush look to empty places and perfect by water and in woodland gardens. Perfect complement to shade garden shrubs like azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. Growing about 4 feet tall, and sometimes up to 6 feet, the bold, bright green fronds rise up in an open circle, forming a dense clump in time. Spreading slowly, but not invasive, this beautiful native plant makes everywhere look rich and full, even where nothing else will grow. In summer shorter brown ‘seed’ or fertile fronds grow like clenched hands in the center of the plant, and if these are left they make a handsome winter decoration.

  • Bold clumps or tall green fronds of great beauty
  • Winter interest from brown fertile fronds
  • Grows easily in damp and shady places
  • Perfect by water, in woodlands and with Hosta
  • Untroubled by deer and grows in clay and wet ground

Grow the Ostrich Fern in any shady place – in cold zones it will take morning sun easily. Plant beneath trees or beside water in damp to wet soils that are rich and always moist. Water regularly in summer. Cut off green fronds once they yellow, leaving the brown fronds for winter decoration. Deer leave it alone, it doesn’t have pests or diseases, and this native plant is a great addition to any style of garden.

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