Scientific Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris
Common Name: ostrich fern
Family Name: Onocleaceae
Origin: Europe, U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Fern
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Filler, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Herb, Mixed shrub border, Waterside planting, Wetland - bogs, Woodland margin
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Bog, Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Compound, Fern-like, Basal, Leathery, Glabrous, Odd-pinnate, Lanceolate, Dentate
Fruit: Sporangium (spores), Brown, Aug
Key ID Features:
Fern with 50cm pale soft fronds with pinnae that resemble an ostrich feather.