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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern


Description: Ostrich Fern -Matteuccia struthiopteris Hardy Planting Zones- 3-7 Sun or Shade – Part Shade to Full Shade Mature Height - 3-6’ Mature Width- 5-8’ Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner
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    Ostrich Fern – Matteuccia struthiopteris

    Ostrich Ferns add luscious depth to any home or professional landscape. Their beautiful, green plumes can stand alone or serve as an accent to flowering plants and trees. They can also form an elegant border for a small body of water or pathway. These perennial, non-flowering plants grow best in partial to full shade. They require either naturally wet soil or regular watering to prevent the soil from becoming too dry. Occasional fertilization can optimize growth. The Ostrich Fern is a good choice for rain gardens because it is not sensitive to over-watering and can grow in clay soil. These plants do not tolerate extreme heat and thrive in regions without excessively hot or humid summers. Ostrich Ferns are native to the northern United States and Canada. They grow best in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7, although they can survive in zones 1 to 9. It can also be grown indoors as long as it is provided sufficient moisture. Initial growth can occur in periodic spurts as the plant establishes a strong root system. Once established, these plants spread rapidly. They should be given ample room to grow since they reach an average height of three to six feet and have a spread of approximately five to eight feet, depending on the climate. They grow together in clumps, producing rounded, edible fronds in the spring. Ostrich Fern fiddleheads are distinguished from other young fern fronds by their smooth stems and the brown, paper-like growth over the coiled heads. As the plants mature, they straighten into long plumes resembling ostrich feathers. Relatively short, fertile fronds emerge in the summer and are surrounded by tall, sterile fronds. They maintain their full form until the fall, when they begin losing their leaves in preparation for going dormant in the winter. They do not require extensive maintenance during their dormant phase, and they are not generally prone to major disease or insect problems.

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    1. Still waiting

      Small plants, so waiting for them to grow on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Ray of sunshine

      It has great size and lots of green color. I can't wait to plant some more and see if they do as well. on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Large height

      I am amazed at how large around and tall it is getting. It is definitely a large one. on Mar 29th 2017

    4. Has great color

      This fern has alot of different colors and look good together mixed with my other plants. on Mar 28th 2017

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