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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Also called Fiddlehead Fern


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More About Matteuccia struthiopteris

  • AKA Matteuccia pennsylvanica
  • Broad, lance-shaped, pale green fronds
  • Smells like freshly mown hay when fronds are broken
  • Short, dark brown, fertile fronds appear in the centre in late summer
  • Upright, arching habit
  • Spreads vigorously by shallow, underground rhizomes
  • Deciduous

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Zone:

4

Height:

90-130 cm

Spread:

60-90 cm

Colour:

Non-flowering
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Ostrich Fern Growing and Maintenance Tips

Matteuccia grows best in a moist to average, well-drained soil, in full shade or partial shade. They will tolerate dry, sunny locations, however, they may brown a little and go dormant earlier in these conditions.


Matteuccia struthiopteris Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Edible
Edible

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Attributes

Deciduous

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge