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Matteucia struthiopteris


A tall stately fern with carefully positioned fronds forming an elegant cone shape. This fern grows across Canada (and around the northern hemisphere) and has been made famous by New Brunswickers who collect the young emerging fiddleheads in early spring for a culinary delicacy. Lightly sauteed in butter. Yum! This fern will eventually spread by underground rhizomes to form lush colonies.

Common Name: Ostrich Fern

Family: Dryopteridaceae (The Wood Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 2

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade

Height: 3-4’

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Green

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Moist to wet sandy or silty banks of rivers and streams and alluvial forests in lowland and montane zones.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Asia and the Pacific - North Central and Eastern Asia

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