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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Matteuccia struthiopteris (L.) Todaro
Synonyms: Pteretis nodulosa, Pteretis pensylvanica, Matteuccia pensylvanica
USDA Symbol: MAST
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The sterile fronds of ostrich fern are 2-8 ft. tall, once-pinnate, tapered at both base and apex, brown-stemmed, and slightly scaly. Fertile fronds are shorter, with edges of pinnae turned in to form a beaded plume persistent through winter. The rootstock is creeping, producing urn-like clusters of fronds.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
AK , CT , DC , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Nf. to s. AK, s. to n. VA, MO, SD & s. B.C. Native Habitat:
Swamps; bottomland woods & thickets USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) Soil Description:
Cool, wet, sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
can become aggressive and should not be used in small spaces.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2008-06-01
Research By: TWC Staff