Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris

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An upright deciduous fern with feathery deep green fronds. Thrives in moist soil and shade. Fiddleheads are edible when young and tender, before the fronds unfold. Spreads rapidly. One of the most common native ferns. Good for the shaded border or in containers.

Water Needs: 
Moderate
Foliage Color: 
Green
Landscape Uses: 
Border
Container
Mass Planting
Garden Styles: 
Cottage
Edible
Modern
Traditional
Zen
Light Needs: 
Full Shade
Plant Types: 
Height: 
36-48"
Spread: 
24-36"
Special Features: 
Attractive Foliage
Deer Resistant
Edible
Growth Habits: 
Upright
Cold Hardiness: 
Zone 3
Average: 3.8 (10 votes)

Prefers a moist, well-drained, fertile soil in shady location. Feed in spring with an all purpose fertilizer just before new growth begins. Remove dead or yellowed fronds as they develop. 

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