Ostrich Fern

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The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. Like most ferns, this one prefers a cool, moist spot and will spread and thrive in any wet, shady area of the garden. A notably graceful plant. (Matteuccia struthiopteris).
Zones 2 - 8
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 36-60" tall , 36-48" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season.

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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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Associated SKUsAM016180
AM014182 (Plant - 3.25" Pot)
AM014183 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018155 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Ostrich Fern
Botanical Name
Matteuccia struthiopteris
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
36-60" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
36-48" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Large feathery vase shaped native fern
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Winter Interest
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
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