- 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
Ostrich Fern – Matteuccia struthiopteris
Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris
Graceful, tall and green, the Ostrich Fern makes a gorgeous addition to any landscaped property because it delivers an impressive ornamental beauty. It's a versatile perennial plant that might appear at first glance a bit delicate with its frilly fronds, but it's strong and can handle the coldest climates to those with tropical-like temperatures. The Ostrich Fern gets its name from its showy open plumes that look like the feathers of an ostrich. The fronds have elegant texture as they dance in the breeze. These vase-shaped plants provide a woodland beauty on their own or add a lovely depth for colorful flowers. It is also a deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant perennial. The plant thrives in a shady spot in the garden that offers enough moisture and a rich soil. The Ostrich Fern does well in the USDA planting zones of 2 - 8. It's not the fast-growing perennial, and it does not spread rapidly, but it can often attain a dramatic height of close to six feet. Nurseries often ship the Ostrich Fern as a potted plant, and experts recommend spring or summer as the ideal planting times. They advise placing the plant into the ground, so its crown rests just at or above the soil surface after watering it in. 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. They require either naturally wet soil or regular watering to prevent the ground from becoming too dry. Occasional fertilization can optimize growth. The Ostrich Fern is an excellent 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.