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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
Fiddlehead Ferns are beautiful plants 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.
Fiddlehead Ferns grow in the shade and grow about 4 ft high by mid-summer
Common Name: Ostrich Fern, shuttlecock fern, Fiddlehead Ferns
Sun Exposure: Shade to part shade
Mature Height: 5'
Growth Rate: Fast
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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.
Fiddlehead Ferns are known for the tasty fiddleheads consumed by humans