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Matteucia struthiopteris

(Ostrich Fern)

Rating: 🌻🌻🌻🌻

Light: ⛅☁️

Deer resistant: yes 🦌

Moisture: not fussy, but does not like soil to dry out completely

Size: 48” H x 36” W

Hardiness zone: 2

Ostrich fern is a large, striking, specimen fern suitable for the back of the border. Large, arching, feathery fronds form a vase-like appearance. Spiky, brown fertile fronds may emerge in July. This is another “black thumb” plant: it is easy to grow, spreads rapidly from underground runners, and is easily divided and transplanted. Indeed, if you have this plant in your garden, you will be digging up offsets to give away on an annual basis, as it is a vigorous spreader to the point of being a bit thuggish. It is worth the effort however, and is a nice shade garden companion for Hostas and Astilbes. Deer will not bother it.