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Matteuccia ‘Struthiopteris’
(Ostrich Fern)


Item release date 20 June 2024.
£20.00 £16.00
£12.00 £9.60
January - October
150cm x 250cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Fully Hardy
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Matteuccia ‘Struthiopteris’, also known as the Ostrich Fern, is adored by our nursery team for its tall, elegant fronds that create a lush, tropical feel. This fern is a reliable garden performer and thrives in shaded garden areas, making it ideal for woodland borders or as a backdrop in perennial beds. Its feathery foliage provides excellent ground cover and pairs beautifully with Hostas and Astilbes, useful for adding texture and depth to any garden design.

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Matteuccia 'Struthiopteris', the fabulous "Ostrich Fern" is 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, 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!