Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern

Matteucia struthiopteris

Container Size: Quart

Featured Plant Category: Rain Gardens

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



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Ostrich fern gets its name from its unusually tall height, a full-grown plant can reach up to six feet! Very attractive addition to any shady part of the yard, 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.

Additional information

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions3.5 × 3.5 × 12 in

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