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Matteucia struthiopteris
Common Name: Ostrich Fern Family: Dryopteridaceae (The Wood Fern Family)

Matteucia struthiopteris
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A tall stately fern with carefully positioned fronds forming an elegant cone shape. This fern grows across Canada (and around the northern hemisphere) and has been made famous by New Brunswickers who collect the young emerging fiddleheads in early spring for a culinary delicacy. Lightly sauteed in butter. Yum! This fern will eventually spread by underground rhizomes to form lush colonies.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Europe and Western Russia
North Central and Eastern Asia
Native Habitat:
Moist to wet sandy or silty banks of rivers and streams and alluvial forests in lowland and montane zones.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height3-4'  Bloom TimeSpring 
Spread2-3'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Shade Part Shade  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureMoist Average  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Hosta "'Titanic'"
Anemone nemerosa
Primula vulgaris "'April Rose'"

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