Matteucia struthiopteris

Fern, Ostrich

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

A fern of northeastern swamps and wooded river bottoms in alkaline soils, Ostrich Fern forms large colonies of big, erect, vase-shaped clumps sometimes reaching 6 feet in height. In cultivation, however, expect moderate spreading and half that height. Individual fronds are plume-like and widest above the middle and they form bold, v-shaped clumps. While the sterile fronds (the more numerous leaves) are deciduous and die to the ground for the winter, the fertile leaves remain as short, dark, compact, woody fronds. In the spring, you may enjoy eating the fiddleheads of the Ostrich Fern which taste something like asparagus.



Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Perennial, Fern,

Light Exposure

Half and half, Mostly sunny,

Mostly shady, Full shade,

Soil Condition

Average, Organic,

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Wet, Moderately moist,


full quart


36 or taller, 24 to 36,



Typical Height





2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7