Matteuccia struthiopteris; Ostrich fern


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This is the primary species that fiddleheads are collected from, cooked up in a little butter, salt and pepper, and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal or distinctive side dish. In the wild I find them routinely growing in the silty forested floodplains next to rivers and streams of all sizes. They grow large, up to 3 or 4 feet when mature, and make excellent  specimens to line a shady walkway or have a pair of them next to a set of stairs. They are known as ostrich ferns because the dried fertile fronds look strikingly like the tail feathers of an ostrich. They other name is fiddlehead fern, for reasons described previously. A few years back, on a field trip in western Maine, I was rather shocked to find them growing at the base of a rich forested slope. Arthur Haines, our field trip leader, pointed out that this is really not that different then the floodplains we more routinely find them in the fact that both areas accumulate material similarly. Hmmm, makes sense.

1 gallon sized pots, plants are about 12″ high