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Matteuccia struthiopteris

 
Matteuccia struthiopteris
ostrich fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Earliest signs of growth in late April

Common name ostrich fern
Family dryopteridaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-7)
Size 3-4'
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes moist soil

US native fern with an upright growth habit. Our first one lived in our shade garden many years ago, but failed to come back one year. When I reacquired it, I placed it in our back-yard-island woodland garden, at the base of a redbud tree. It has done nicely there, even without much in the way of supplemental watering during dry spells.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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