The Fiddlehead Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, is also known as the Ostrich Fern. These ferns can be quickly grown in any backyard and garden. From the time of germination, it will take about a year for the fern to produce the delicate immature spiraled fronds that are an edible part of the Fiddlehead Fern plant. Those spiraled fronds are a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world. When these fiddleheads are picked at the right time, they are actual culinary works of art, and the taste is something otherworldly that you will never forget. The key is to choose the fiddleheads before they have time to grow too large and get tough. These fiddleheads can be served raw in salads and even blanched and served only with butter and salt.
Fiddlehead Ferns make beautiful additions to wooded natural areas, but they can also add so much beauty to a custom garden. Even the most elementary gardener can do well with these plants.
The Fiddlehead Fern can grow to be around 1.5 to 3 feet tall and just as equally wide.
They can grow in many different locations, for slightly sunny areas to fully shaded areas. This fern also does best when they are planted in an area where the soils are moist and well-drained. They tend not to do too well when the soil dries out. Each plant will produce around seven fronds, and you should be sure not over to choose the fronds, as this can lead to the death of the plant. On a Fiddlehead Fern that has seven fronds, only 3 of them should be picked.
Climate Zone: 3 - 9
Mature Height: 1.5 - 3 Feet
Mature Width: 1.5 - 3 Feet
Soil Conditions: Moist, Well-Drained Soils.
Botanical Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris
Fiddlehead Ferns for sale at Perennial Nursery.
Fiddlehead Ferns are bareroot rhizomes at time of shipment.