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Ostrich Fern

The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the American woodlands. It will thrive in a wet, shady area of the garden. This Fern gets its name from plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
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Plant - 2.5" pot

Price: $14.95

Sale: $7.48

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 36-60" tall, 60-96" wide (5-8 feet)
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Foliage plant all summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 12FERNG
Common Name Ostrich Fern
Botanical Name Matteuccia struthiopteris
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Estimated Mature Height 36-60" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 60-96" wide (5-8 feet)
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Large feathery vase shaped native fern
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Winter Interest
Ideal Growing Region N/A
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Here's one of the truly magnificent ferns from the American woodlands. With its very large vase shape, Ostrich Ferns create very dramatic vistas wherever they grow, often reaching 6 feet in height. They do not spread quickly and are very winter hardy, so they are very useful for the home gardener who wants a large, monumental specimen.

All that is needed for this grand plant is a partially or fully shaded spot, rich soil, and ample moisture. Ferns are a wonderful solution for your pesky deer problem – they tend to stay away from ferns and go for other, tastier plants. They are also a great addition to any shady spot in the garden. Their green, frilly plumes add interesting texture and provide a great backdrop for other, more colorful plants. They can also be planted on their own to provide a natural, woodland feel. You can also try planting ferns in a large container, setting them in a shady area on your porch or patio area. They will create an interesting conversation starter and wonderful addition to any container garden you may have. Cut ferns also make an elegant filler for flower arrangements and will add frilly texture to your favorite bouquets.

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  • Garden Gloves

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  • Hosta Frances Williams

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  • Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder

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Ostrich Fern
 
2.5

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        1.0

        Did not survive!

        By Bummed Out!

        from Mt. Pleasant, WI

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              Comments about Ostrich Fern:

              Unfortunately, these did not survive.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              arrived rough but growing well now

              By Briar

              from SE Ky

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy Grower
              • Edible If Prepared Right
              • Fast growing
              • Large Fern

              Cons

              • Not Drought Resistant

              Best Uses

              • Bog Garden
              • Shade Garden
              • Wild Edible Garden

              Comments about Ostrich Fern:

              Plants arrived looking pretty rough, but in just a couple weeks they are looking great. For the price I would buy again.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Large and Lovely

              By Gardner Gal

              from Ogden, UT

              Pros

              • Beautiful Light Green
              • Fast growing
              • Loves Shade

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shade areas

                Comments about Ostrich Fern:

                Loved watching the Ferns emerge. They were so much fun to see everyday and keep track of them unfurling. They are now about 12 inches tall and look beautiful among the other Ferns as well as Columbine and Hosta in my yard.

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                • No

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                1.0

                dead...

                By Ly

                from Seattle, WA

                Comments about Ostrich Fern:

                I ordered three plants and they came timely enough, but they were sickly looking out of the box. I planted and watered, and two withered and died within days. The third has one green leaf left and perhaps it will make it, perhaps not. Disappointing.

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                Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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                • Hosta Frances Williams

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                • Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder

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