Ostrich Fern – ‘The King’

Matteuccia struthiopteris 'the King'

Ostrich Fern - The King

The jumbo Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) –  ’The King’ - is a huge spreader ready to fill your vacant meadow! It is native to much of northern North America, and with its cold tolerance it leads off the spring with magnificent fist-sized green fiddleheads.

When well-watered, the height of this fern can approach seven feet. (No head in the ground for this bird!) Autumn turns the deciduous sterile fronds a glowing golden yellow while the separate fertile fronds fade from green to brown and remain erect throughout the winter.

Underground runners “run” out forming surrounding colonies making this very useful for a quick cover. And if you don’t like it you can always eat it as these are the fiddleheads of gourmet restaurants: in fact, it’s the state vegetable of Vermont! But we are pretty sure your customers will like this plant - Ostrich Fern has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

The fern normally prefers northern climates, but this selection will do well in the southeast as well. Zones 2 and higher.


Habit: Spreading

Range: Zones 2 - 9 Learn more about zones


Type: Deciduous

Collection(s): Hardy, Mickel, Native

Casa Flora Number: 61030