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Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia)
  • Ostrich fern has tall upright fronds
  • Matteuccia struthiopteris is fast spreading in shade
  • Ostrich fern is hardy to zone 3 and deer resistant
  • Matteuccia struthiopteris grows best in moist soil
  • Ostrich fern is elegant and fast spreading

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia)

Deer won't touch this zone 3 hardy fern
Item: #MATST1Q
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $12.99
  • Zone 3 hardy fern for shade
  • Graceful upright fronds resemble ostrich feathers
  • Deer and pest proof
  • Elegant shade ground cover
  • Does well in shade in moist, rich soil
  • Grows to 3' tall
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia) Description

Ostrich Fern, or Matteuccia struthiopteris, is a robust, vase-shaped fern for the shade  garden.  Ostrich fern will spread fast by underground rhizomes, thus it is an exceptional shade ground cover where it has room to roam, and intermingle with equally vigorous shade plants.

This shade plant grows best in rich, moisture retentive soil. It is not bothered by insects or diseases and as long as it can roam, needs no maintenance.

Plant this carefree fern with shade loving hydrangeas, broad-leaf hostas, colorful heucheras, and deer-proof hellebores.

Special features: Cold hardy, Cut foliage, Deer resistant, Easy care,  Foliage interest, Moisture tolerant, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Matteuccia struthiopteris
  • Common name:
    Ostrich fern
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade, Part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Clay
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    36" x 40"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:None



Soil: Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil.
Light: Part shade to full shade.
Water: Thrives with consistent moisture
Spacing: 1.5 - 2 ft apart
Fertilizing: Annual application of compost. Inorganic fertilizers may burn roots.
Winterizing: Leaves should be trimmed to the ground in late fall, or early spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Spores are infertile. Can divide in spring every 3- 4 years.