|Magnificent for the shady, moist garden, the deciduous, plumelike fronds of this plant rise from creeping stems and reach 5 to 9 feet tall. Difficult in mild climates, they prefer harsh winter temperatures. Two species are available. The less-common, North American native Matteuccia pensylvanica grows to 6 feet tall and is worth seeking at specialty growers. The more common Matteuccia struthiopteris is native to Europe and Asia. Start by digging up rooted divisions, planting them in pots until they become established. Or buy in containers while in leaf to find vigorous-growing plants.
The tall, feathery, upright fronds surround the short brown fertile fronds of this Fern. Does best with deep, moist soil rich in organic matter. Plants remain shorter with less moisture. With age, plants will spread slowly to form sizable clumps. Divide in fall or early spring when crowded.
Attributes - Matteuccia struthiopteris
Plant Type: Fern
Height: 2 ft. to 4 ft.
Width: 3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Wet Soil. Low Maintenance.