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Matteuccia Struthiopteris
(Ostrich Fern)


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January - October
150cm x 250cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy
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Matteuccia Struthiopteris, aka the “Ostrich Fern.” With fronds that look like fluffy ostrich feathers, it’s your garden’s fashion-forward, feathered friend. Strut your stuff, Ostrich Fern!

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Matteuccia Struthiopteris, the fabulous "Ostrich Fern" is here to strut its stuff in your garden. A charming deciduous, stoloniferous fern forming colonies of erect rosettes up to 1.5m in height for huge impact. This fern produces lance-shaped, bright green, bipinnatifid sterile fronds surrounding shorter, brownish fertile fronds. Matteuccia Struthiopteris, native to North America, grabs attention with its striking, feathery fronds that closely resemble ostrich plumes. Its intricate foliage creates a delicate yet intriguing effect, adding a touch of interest and texture to Shaded Borders, Woodland Gardens, City Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Cottage Gardens, used as ground cover or under-planted beneath Roses and Trees or Shrubs. Thriving in various garden settings yet just as an Ostrich, it endures fluctuations of temperature with grace. Matteuccia Struthiopteris, the "Ostrich Fern," brings an element of glam to your outdoor space with minimal fuss. It's like the garden's chic Ostrich with attitude, adding style, elegance and plumes into your garden with its fabulous, feathery fronds. Welcome this botanical beauty and transform your garden into a runway of natural beauty!

Planting Conditions

Planting the "Ostrich Fern," Matteuccia Struthiopteris, is a breeze. Opt for well-drained, moist soil and provide partial to full shade to replicate its natural woodland habitat. This adaptable fern thrives in various settings, from moist woodlands to shaded gardens. Emulate these conditions, and you'll create the perfect catwalk for the "Ostrich Fern" to showcase its fabulous fronds. With minimal direct sunlight, you give this fashionable fern the ideal stage to strut its stuff, enhancing your garden with a touch of botanical elegance and drama. Make way for the "Ostrich Fern," and let your garden become a runway of natural beauty!

Watering & Feeding

Caring for the "Ostrich Fern," Matteuccia Struthiopteris, is a graceful task. Keep the soil consistently moist to mirror its woodland preferences, but avoid waterlogged conditions. This fern doesn't require frequent feeding, usually thriving on the nutrients present in your garden soil. Nonetheless, adding a bit of balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can help maintain its vitality. With such adaptable and low-maintenance nature, the "Ostrich Fern" becomes your garden companion, adding a touch of botanical sophistication and drama to your outdoor space without demanding much effort. Let this fabulous fern strut its stuff and enhance your garden year after year.

General Care

Caring for Matteuccia Struthiopteris, the "Ostrich Fern," is an easygoing task. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, recreating its natural woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist, mimicking its preferred conditions, while avoiding waterlogged situations. This fern generally doesn't demand frequent fertilisation; it usually prospers with the nutrients already present in your garden soil. Adding a bit of slow-release, balanced fertiliser during the growing season can give it a boost, but it's not a strict requirement. With its adaptability and low-maintenance nature, the "Ostrich Fern" becomes your garden's charming companion, adding a touch of sophistication to your outdoor space with minimal effort. Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary and this Ostrich Fern is generally disease and pest free. Easy peasy!