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Large Growing Ferns

Large Growing Fern Species

 

 Giant Ostrich Ferns (matteuccia struthiopteris) are native to moisture-rich areas of North America,  Is a large fern that grows to a height of 3-6 ft. And spreads equally as wide. Its common name is derived from the resemblance between its very showy foliage and the tail feathers of an ostrich. The initial fiddleheads of the developing foliage are edible if desired, and this plant thrives in wet boggy soil that other plants tend to find intolerable. Preferring shade, the Ostrich Fern is a gorgeous addition and will bring a burst of life to any wet and shady area of a garden which would otherwise be a very glum space. This fern will thrive in the regions that would prove to be a challenge to fill in with other plants. To place the giant ostrich fern in a drier or sunnier area of the garden, water allowances must be taken into consideration as the plant will still have very high water demands in spite of some claims that it is a drought tolerant specimen. Compared to other ferns, it may be more understanding of drought, but the drought is relative and, for this water-loving family of plants, more is better when it comes to moisture.

 

 Large Ferns Are Those That Grow Over 3 Feet In Height at Maturity

 

Cinnamon Fern

Native to Eastern North America, Cinnamon Fern (osmundastrum cinnamomeum) is a large beautiful fern specimen that can grow to around 4 feet tall with some specimens growing as high as 6 feet tall. Cinnamon ferns produce two distinct fronds, the most distinctive frond that the fern develops for reproduction which gives the plant its namesake, with a towering cinnamon-colored plume that grows out of the center of the plant. The other frond this fern produces is the more familiar rich green fern leaf that many are most familiar with when imagining ferns. The plant also produces rhizomes that can be collected and cultivated into new plants if desired. These ferns naturally grow in very water-rich environments, near streams, ponds, or in swamps, and with a soil that is very rich in organic matter. This fern needs to be in soil that is continuously moist, so to avoid needing to water the Cinnamon Fern regularly, place it near a natural source of water. Cinnamon ferns grow best in full shade or very light sunlight.

 

Royal Fern

Native to moisture-rich areas of Eastern North America, the Royal Fern (osmunda regalis) is a robust plant with bright green foliage that is also known as the 'flowering fern' due to its spring emergence including a pink hue, while the fronds are often crowned with rust-brown flower tips. In the fall, the royal fern's foliage will change to a reddened brown color. This fern can grow up to 6 ft. in height and spread to about 3 ft. Wide. This fern has high water demands and is best grown in very wet environments with well-draining soil. Sunlight requirements fall into the category of full shade to partial shade but will tolerate full sun with added moisture provided. It is also considered resistant to deer and rabbits. The Royal Fern is worthy of its name and would be a regal addition to any moisture-rich area or waterfront in a garden.

 

Giant Ostrich Fern

Native to moisture-rich areas of North America, the Giant Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) Is a large fern that grows to a height of 3-6 ft. and spreads equally as wide. Its common name is derived from the resemblance between its very showy foliage and the tail feathers of an ostrich. The initial fiddleheads of the developing foliage are edible if desired, and this plant thrives in wet boggy soil that other plants tend to find intolerable. Preferring shade, the Ostrich Fern is a gorgeous addition and will bring a burst of life to any wet and shady area of a garden which would otherwise be a very glum space. This fern will thrive in areas that would prove to be a challenge to fill in with other plants. To place the giant ostrich fern in a drier or sunnier area of the garden, water allowances must be taken into consideration as the plant will still have very high water demands in spite of some claims that it is a drought tolerant specimen. Compared to other ferns, it may be more tolerant of drought, but drought is relative and, for this water-loving family of plants, more is better when it comes to moisture.

Large Fern Varieties Include Ostrich Ferns, Cinnamon and Royal Ferns