Matteuccia struthiopteris, or jumbo ostrich fern, upright, somewhat arching, clump-forming deciduous fern. Grows up to 6′ tall under ideal conditions, which include moist conditions.
Fronds are quite showy and resemble long feathery ostrich plumes, as the name suggests. Fronds emerge as “fiddleheads” in spring, and are considered a delicacy, they then unfurl and can be up to 4′.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Ideal for mass plantings, best in moist, shady woodland areas, wild gardens, or wet areas (near water sources).