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Matteuccia struthiopteris

ostrich fern, fiddlehead fern

Ostrich fern, also known as fiddlehead fern, is, yes, the fiddlehead fern in question. It may be tempting to harvest all the delicious, curled new fronds, but this clumping species is striking in its own right, forming tall, textural patches hardy in moist shade.

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Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft
Hardiness Zone: 2-8


Bloom Color: Non-Flowering

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Average
Wet
Ecoregion
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Winter Interest and/or Evergreen
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Compaction Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Edible


North American Distribution