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  • Appearance: Matteuccia struthiopteris is a deciduous fern that typically grows in clumps. It features distinctive fronds that resemble ostrich feathers, which can reach heights of 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters). The fronds are dark green and have a graceful, arching form.

  • Habitat: Ostrich ferns are native to cool temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. They are often found in moist, shady woodlands, along streambanks, and in other damp, forested areas.

  • Edible Fiddleheads: One of the most intriguing aspects of Matteuccia struthiopteris is its edible fiddleheads. Fiddleheads are young, tightly coiled fronds that emerge in the spring. They are considered a delicacy in some culinary traditions and can be harvested and prepared as a vegetable. However, it's important to cook them thoroughly to remove any potential toxins.

  • Garden Ornamental: Ostrich ferns are popular in landscaping and as garden ornamentals. They thrive in moist, shaded areas and are often used to create lush, green borders or as focal points in shaded gardens. Their unique fronds and attractive growth habit make them a favorite among gardeners.

  • Propagation: Ostrich ferns can be propagated through division, as well as by spores. Dividing established clumps in the spring or fall is a common method of propagation. Spore propagation is more challenging and typically requires a controlled environment and patience, as ferns grow relatively slowly from spores.
  • SPREAD 60-90 CM
  • HEIGHT 90-130 CM 

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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