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Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich fern)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Other names

Ostrich fern, Ostrich-feather fern, Shuttlecock fern

Genus

Matteuccia Matteuccia

Species

M. struthiopteris - M. struthiopteris is a deciduous fern forming large erect rosettes with bright green, fronds surrounding shorter, brownish fronds.


Matteuccia struthiopteris is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


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Where to grow

Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich fern) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in most cool, moist, shade. Can tolerate very wet sites.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Other names

Ostrich fern, Ostrich-feather fern, Shuttlecock fern

Genus

Matteuccia Matteuccia

Species

M. struthiopteris - M. struthiopteris is a deciduous fern forming large erect rosettes with bright green, fronds surrounding shorter, brownish fronds.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich fern) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in most cool, moist, shade. Can tolerate very wet sites.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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