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Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica

Ostrich Fern

Scientific Name:

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica

Genus:

Matteuccia

Species Epithet:

struthiopteris

Common Name:

Ostrich Fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Onocleaceae (Sensitive Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

US Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Habitat Description:

Alluvial forests and calcareous wetlands (Weakley 2015). Native from VA north and west; not native in NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

"The sterile fronds of ostrich fern are 2-8 ft. tall, once-pinnate, tapered at both base and apex, brown-stemmed, and slightly scaly. Fertile fronds are shorter, with edges of pinnae turned in to form a beaded plume persistent through winter. The rootstock is creeping, producing urn-like clusters of fronds." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Not native to NC.

Fertile Fronds in Winter

image

December 2004
© Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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