Ostrich Fern


The Ostrich Fern is a captivating and elegant addition to any garden and is often used in combination with moss. It is scientifically as Matteuccia struthiopteris. This large fern is has unique and feathery fronds which have the appearance of an ostrich tail (hence the name). This fern will bring a bit of wilderness into to your outdoor lawn. We grow our ferns organically and we will ship them as bare roots.


  • Name: Ostrich Fern
  • Scientific Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris
  • Appearance: The Ostrich Fern has large, dramatic fronds and can grow several feet in height.
  • Color: This fern is of a vibrant green hue.
  • Environment: This plant flourishes in damp, shady environments and is often used in combination with moss lawns.
  • Soil Preference: Prefers acidic substrates and rich in organic matter but it is adaptable to all soil types as long as there is enough moisture and shade.
  • Growth Habit: This fern forms elegant clumps. It will naturally spread and is known to cover large areas of a forest floor.
  • Seasonal Interest: It will change slightly in color during the season.
  • Wildlife Attraction: Offers habitat and nesting materials for local wildlife.
  • Air Purification: The Ostrich Fern is known to improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and emitting oxygen.
  • Water Requirements: It utilizes moisture efficiently and requires wet but well-drained soil.
  • Hardiness: It shows excellent cold tolerance.
  • Propagation: It is possible to propagate this fern through division.
  • Culinary Use: Young fiddleheads are edible when cooked properly.
  • Benefits: Other benefits of the Ostrich Fern are erosion control, low maintenance, and pest resistance.
  • Usage: Often used in combination with moss to enhance shaded garden areas, is used around walkways, or as a feature in rock gardens.