Tripple Brook Farm


Common Names: F

false aloe
Manfreda virginica
feather moss
Thuidium delicatulum
fern, American ostrich
Matteuccia pensylvanica
fern, berry
Cystopteris bulbifera
fern, boulder
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
fern, brittle
Cystopteris fragilis
fern, bulbet bladder
Cystopteris bulbifera
fern, Christmas
Polystichum acrostichoides
fern, cinnamon
Osmunda cinnamomea
fern, evergreen wood
Dryopteris spinulosa
fern, fragile
Cystopteris fragilis
fern, hay-scented
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
fern, interrupted
Osmunda claytoniana
fern, lady
Athyrium felix-femina
fern, long beech
Thelypteris phegopteris
fern, marsh
Thelypteris palustris
fern, narrow beech
Thelypteris phegopteris
fern, New York
Thelypteris noveboracensis
fern, northern beech
Thelypteris phegopteris
fern, northern maidenhair
Adiantum pedatum
fern, oak
Gymnocarpium dryopteris
fern, royal
Osmunda regalis
fern, sensitive
Onoclea sensibilis
fern, walking
Camptosorus rhizophyllus
fern; Hartford !fern, climbing
Lygodium palmatum
fescue, blue
Festuca ovina glauca
Epilobium angustifolium
fishpole bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea albovariegata
fishpole bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea flavescens inversa
flag, blue
Iris versicolor
flowering dogwood
Cornus florida
Tiarella cordifolia
foamflower, Wherry's
Tiarella wherryi
fountain bamboo
Fargesia nitida
fountain bamboo
Fargesia nitida 'De Belder'
fountain bamboo
Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou'
fountain bamboo
Fargesia nitida 'McClure'
fringed loosestrife
Lysimachia ciliata
Chionanthus virginicus
Petasites japonicus

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016


(Polypodiaceae - polypody family)
Ostrich fern. Three species of large ferns of the n. temperate zone. Cultivated as ornamentals, or sometimes for the edible young leaves.

pensylvanica peren • ht 4-6' • zones 2-8

American ostrich fern

ferns, located south edge of stream

native, edible, hedge - screen, moist - wet, sun - shade
cool temp N Amer

One of the largest of the hardy ferns, it is also quite graceful in appearance. Spreads underground to form a colony. It is said that under ideal conditions (rich soil, plenty of moisture and probably some shade), ostrich ferns can grow to over head height, so that an adult can walk through a patch of them under the foliage, as in a grove of tree ferns. The young leaves (fiddleheads) are edible (and a delicacy, raw or cooked) as they begin to unfurl in spring. In some areas, the fiddleheads of this species are harvested commercially. Ostrich fern can be used effectively as a tall ground cover. Tolerant of wet soil and shade. Will grow very happily in full sun as long as the moisture supply is steady. We have been quite impressed with the ruggedness and adaptability which ostrich fern has shown in our plantings. It grows well here in full sun under ordinary conditions (although it does not grow as large as it would under more favorable circumstances) and has weathered severe drought conditions at least as well as some perennials which are considered drought tolerant.

cat # 0N1F
$8.95 each / 3+, $8.50 ea

struthiopteris 'Jumbo' peren • ht 4-7' • zones 2-6

ostrich fern

edible, native, hedge - screen, moist - wet, sun - shade
cool temperate Europe and Asia

Possibly the largest of the hardy ferns, this selection is exceptionally vigorous, growing to 7' tall with fronds as much a 9' long. Under favorable conditions (moist, rich soil and preferably a bit of shade), this selection can grow to over head height, so that an adult can walk through a grove of them under the foliage as if in a grove of tree ferns.

cat # 0N1GK
$10.95 each / 3+, $10.50 ea