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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Common Name(s):
Ostrich fern
Category:
Ferns
Comment:

Easy to grow; erect crown; stout, erect rhizome; sends out slender underground runners that form a new plant; naturally occur in heavy, moist soil but adopt to light, rich soil; prefers constant moisture; edible fiddleheads; prefers partial to full shade but tolerates sun with cool temperatures and adequate moisture

Height:
2-5 ft.
Zones:
3-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Fronds:
Vase-shaped clump of arching, oblong, lance shaped fronds; vegetative fronds are plumelike, broadest above the middle and tapering to the base; 30-50 pairs of pinnatifid pinnae; tip of frond is abruptly constricted; 6-12 in. lyre-shaped fertile fronds produced in summer, become brown and woody; short stipe is slightly covered with whitish hairs
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 209

Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Tatters, CC BY-NC-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Kari Pihlaviita, CC BY-NC-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Kari Pihlaviita, CC BY-NC-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Harem Koh, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Jukka, CC BY - 2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Harem Koh, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Wendell Smith, CC BY - 2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Amanda Slater, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Hornbeam Arts, CC BY-NC-2.0
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia struthiopteris
Kerry Woods, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0