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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern

Matteucia struthiopteris

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Rain Gardens, Shade Tolerant

Mature Height: 3 to 6'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: Non-flowering

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Average to rich.

Light Requirements: Part shade to shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7

Other Names: fiddlehead fern, shuttlecock fern

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Ostrich fern gets its name from its unusually tall height, a full-grown plant can reach up to five feet! A very attractive addition to any shady sections of yard, it will spread underground and form colonies. Does well in wet areas or near streams, and is suitable for rain gardens. Avoid windy areas, as their soil must not dry out. The spring fiddleheads of this species are known for being the tastiest of all the ferns, but must not be eaten raw. Typically people fry them up in a pan with butter. These amazing ferns can add some unique character to your landscape.


Additional information

Mature Height

3 to 6'

Container Size


Bloom Time


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Average to rich.

Light Requirements

Part shade to shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

fiddlehead fern, shuttlecock fern

Shipping Information

We now ship from two locations!

Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

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