- Common Name(s):
- Ostrich fern
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
- 2-5 ft.
- 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
NCCES plant id: 209