Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern

Tips for Homeowners:

The dramatic feathery foliage of this fern make it a lovely and useful Accent for a Shade Garden.  In appropriate sites, Matteuccia struthiopteris matures into a verdant and soothing Groundcover or Mass.  This fern provides Erosion Control and serve as a valuable component of Deer Resistant Plantings, Low Maintenance Plantings, Perennial Borders, Rain Gardens, Wetlands and Wildlife Gardens.

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  • Dainty fronds form a tall vase shape
  • July- October, reproduces by spores
  • Deciduous
  • spreads through underground runners, so give it room

Height: 2-4 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft
Spacing: 2-4 ft

Zone: 4-8
Color: Non-Flowering

Interesting Notes about Matteuccia struthiopteris:

Thrives in cool moist sites and adapts to moist loamy soils in shade or part shade.

Thrives in sandy or peaty soils and prefers acid pH.

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Amphibians


  • Great Foliage
  • RainGarden
  • Edible
  • Native
  • Mass Planting
  • Disease Resistant
  • Fast Growing
  • Naturalizing
  • Ground Cover
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Low Maintenance

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Light/ Bright shade
  • Shade/ Part Shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Spreading Ground Cover
  • Upright
  • Spreads by rhizomes
  • Creeping/Ground Cover

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Keep Well-Watered
  • Water Garden
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands

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