The King Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris 'The King'

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.
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3 - 7

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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical Pronunciationmat-TEW-shee-uh struth-ee-OH-ter-is
Average Size at MaturityFoliage clumps reach 3 to 5 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; slowly spreads.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 3 - 7

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