The Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, is most commonly seen in Eastern and Northern Europe, Northern Asia, and in the Northern States of North America. This fern gets its name from the fronds that develop; they tend to resemble an ostrich feather. And they are one of the more massive ferns available today. This considerable fern can grow to be around 6 feet tall and as much as 3 feet wide. These gorgeous ferns can be found growing near ponds and streams and around waterbeds because the roots of the Ostrich Fern love water. They also love shady areas, so be sure to plant this beauty somewhere that it will get much water and have ample shade. The Ostrich Fern’s fronds have a very smooth quality to them, and they are so light and airy that just the slightest breeze will make them move and sway in the breeze.
Ostrich Ferns creates a pleasing backdrop for other shade lover perennials.
Among other ferns, the Ostrich Fern is one of the easiest to care for and tend to. Autumn is a fantastic time to go and plant this fern. Planting it during the fall means less watering because the temperatures will be low enough that the water will not evaporate from the ground as quickly, and this will give it time to go ahead and settle itself in before the harsher warmer month approach.
This fern is a beautiful plant that is well sought after of gardeners all across the country. They are low maintenance and easy to grow. You will not be disappointed when planting this fern.
Climate Zone: 2-7
Mature Height: 3 - 5 feet
Mature Width: 2 - 3 feet
Sunlight: PrefersFull Shade to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Prefers Moist Soil