The King Ostrich Fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris 'The King'
Pronunciation: mat-TEW-shee-uh struth-ee-OH-ter-is
|Description||Large, graceful fronds that resemble ostrich plumes. An excellent fern for woodland gardens and damp areas such as edging around a pond. Thrives in the hot, humid South where normal Ostrich Ferns fear to tread. Spreads slowly by underground rhizomes. An herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Blooms||Prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Foliage clumps reach 3 to 5 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; slowly spreads.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, North American Native Selection|
|Foliage Color||Light Green|
|Companion Plants||Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Ligularia (Ligularia)|
|Care||Provide organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a general purpose fertilizer frequently during the growing season. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.