Native Plant Database

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Ostrich Fern

Matteucia struthiopteris
Plant Type: Ferns
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

2 to
4
feet

Spread:

2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
4
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
4
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Great colonizing groundcover in an open shade area. Adds great interest due to height and texture.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers open shade and moist, humus rich soil. Will tolerate some sun if kept moist. Leaf mulch will benefit its growth tremendously.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

Tall fronds unfurl in late April-early May, giving a wonderful canopy of contrast to blooming ephemerals.This large yet elegant vase-shaped fern is very popular and often planted in open shade gardens. The long arching light-medium green leaves are slender at their bases and widen dramatically before their tips, thus its namesake. Spreads widely by underground runners. A deciduous (non-evergreen) fern.

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