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Matteucia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern

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Matteucia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)

In late spring, this fern unfurls tall fronds that provide a nice canopy of contrast to blooming ephemerals. This very popular large fern has an elegant vase-shape and is often found in open shade gardens. Keeping to its namesake, the long arching light-medium green leaves are similar to ostrich plumes: slender at the base but widening dramatically before the tip. It is a deciduous fern and spreads widely by underground runners.

Additional Information:


Height
3-6 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Light Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata), Crested Iris (Iris cristata), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC+

Root

Rhizomes

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Moderate

Special Uses

Ground Cover
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover