MATTEUCCIA struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern –

0202 These are valuable shade plants with their open texture and graceful appearance. Ferns make a wonderful counterpoint to flowering perennials. Prefer moist soils. They will not tolerate drought conditions.

One of the largest and most popular ferns in cultivation today. The dark green, pinnate fronds are shaped like ostrich plumes, being much wider at the top and tapering down to a bare stipe. The leaves turn a shiny bronze-gold in fall, becoming brown in winter. They need plenty of space to grow since they are rapid spreaders.

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Ostrich Fern

Perennial
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24-72″
36″

Companion Plants
Rush – The cylindrical leaves of rush make a fine contrast against taller ostrich fern in a damp place.
Iris – The attractive yellow flowers and swordlike foliage of yellow flag iris play off well against the ostrich fern’s arching fronds, especially alongside a pond or stream.
Anemone – In a lightly shaded bed or border, Japanese anemone produces its charming pink or white flowers above lobed foliage in late summer and fall. The dissected ostrich fern fronds provide an interesting counterpoint.

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