Matteuccia struthiopteris

Item #48442


Impart Airy Texture to the Shade

Lush, finely cut fronds reach several feet long and point almost straight up on this fine shade perennial.

Easy to grow and so profuse, Matteuccia struthiopteris, the ostrich fern, is having a moment in American gardens. This very cold-hardy, adaptable fern looks like it just came from the hot-house, but in fact, it stands up to severe weather and other garden stressors beautifully. Just give Matteuccia struthiopteris well-drained soil with regular watering, and it will show off for many seasons in partial to full shade.

These fronds are long, pointed, and very finely cut, really resembling the ostrich feathers for which they are named. Use them in indoor arrangements for the vase and as living decor for the home. Or let them simply plume out on the plant 3 seasons a year, filling the border and other shady spots with rich spring-green color and lacy texture.

Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern) reaches up to 5 feet high and 3 feet wide, slowly spreading over several years. It is a fine presence in the middle to back of the border, and makes a stunning specimen or a mass planting. Combine it with large-leaf hostas for great contrast. Very easy to grow, it will transform those dark garden spots to living fountains of color.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Matteuccia
Species struthiopteris
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 2 - 7
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 5 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 2 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

April 27, 2020

Very Impressed

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This was my first time ordering from Jackson and Perkins and i was throughly satisfied. After placing my order and even though the pandemic is going on i received it within a decent amount of time 4weeks. The plants i received were the healthiest and most bountiful amount i have ever received from an online nursery. I can tell my plants were picked and packaged with care. Great Job!!!!! I will be buying more products from Jackson and Perkins

Mrs.TamyraHarley from MI
March 20, 2012

A Special Fern

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

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.

James from NC

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