Matteuccia struthiopteris

ostrich fern
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Matteuccia struthiopteris is known as the the ostrich fern or shuttlecock fern.  It is a tall crown and colony-forming fern, occurring in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in eastern and northern Europe.

It is a real stunner in the garden, due to its size and stately appearance.  Plant this in places where it remains relatively shaded and moist, where it can provide a visual focal point, either with a water feature, statuary, or next to a springhouse or shaded trellace.

The Ostrich fern, along with Cinnamon fern, are the most commonly harvested fiddleheads in the northeast. Word has it that hese two large-sized native ferns yield the most delicious fiddleheads in the vernal forest.  They are reputed to taste a bit like asparagus, but sweeter and a little more earthy.

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