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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern

Matteucia struthiopteris

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

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


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

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.