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Fiddlehead Fern - Matteuccia Struthiopteris Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Light to Full Shade Mature Height - 36-72" Mature Width- 60-96" Bloom Season – Not a flowering plant Gardener Status- Beginner

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Fiddlehead Fern is a beautiful plant to have around the house in your shaded area.

This plant is a perennial plant and will come back year after year. The fantastic green color that this plant displays always improves the look of a house. The plant grows best in the USDA zones 3-9.

They grow in the shade and grow about 4 ft high by mid-summer. 

Botanical Latin Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris
Common Name: Ostrich Fern, shuttlecock fern, Fiddlehead Ferns
Sun Exposure: Shade to part shade
Mature Height: 5'
Spacing: 1.5.'
Growth Rate: Fast
Flowering Time: N/A
How Long It Flowers: N/A
Flower Color: N/A
Soil Requirements: Fertile, moist, fine-grain soil
Pruning: None needed. Plant emerges in spring and dies back in fall.
Flower Form: The deciduous ostrich fern grows in circular clumps and spreads by underground runners. The large green ostrich plume-shaped fronds reach 5' before dying back in the fall. The frond's leaflets are twice divided (bipinnate). In Spring, a few weeks after the first green fronds appear, brown spore-covered fronds emerge from the center. They are smaller than the first green fronds, and, in ideal conditions, can create new plants from these spores. Fiddleheads, or young croziers, are harvested for food. According to multiple resources, Ostrich fern is considered to be the safest for consumption. CAUTION: all fiddleheads should be cooked before eating and consumed in moderation until you are sure how you will react to it.
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