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Ostrich Fern
The tall, graceful fronds of this majestic Fern resemble Ostrich feathers!

Ostrich Fern

1-Quart
Item # 48442
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This Fern can grow up to 5 feet!

An excellent performer in shade or sun in moist, rich soil!
One of the most popular Hardy Ferns, this tall, graceful plant sets arching fronds up to 5 feet long and 3 feet wide. As they mature they spread at the tip, creating a lovely canopy effect. Very easy to grow in a variety of light exposures, the Ostrich Fern thrives in moist, rich soil. Gardeners are becoming aware of how easy to grow and yet elegant this graceful fern is, and that is why it has been featured in garden magazines, like the March/April 2014 issue of Fine Gardening Magazine/.

Widely grown in Victorian gardens, Ferns are enjoying a renaissance of popularity. Few plants impart such a light, airy, cooling effect in the landscape, or provide such a range of foliage textures for the garden. Easy to grow, even in a lightly shaded southern woodland setting, they like a light, highly organic soil with ample moisture during their growing season, particularly as the plants are becoming established. Most prefer shade or partial shade.

Our plants are of northern ancestry for extra hardiness, and perform better and better with age. Do not plant too deep; set the crowns at or just below soil level. A year-round mulch is recommended.

Ostrich Fern reaches up to 5 feet high and about 2 to 3 feet tall, and spreads over time to form large, glorious colonies. It appreciates part to full shade, but can tolerate a good amount of sun. Easy, long-lived, and ready to multiply! Zones 2-7.

Genus Matteuccia
Species struthiopteris
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 2 - 7
Habit Mound-shaped
PlantHeight 5 ft
PlantWidth 24 in - 3 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Easy Care Plants
FoliageColor Medium Green
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
A Special Fern
James from NC wrote (March 20, 2012):
This is more of a fern for northern areas of the country. It does not like the heat of the South. It also spreads quite a bit, enjoying cool, damp places. With that being mentioned, I imagine this is a spectacular fern where it can spread its feathers and reach its full potential.