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Matteuccia struthiopteris, commonly known as the Ostrich Fern or Cup Fern, is a striking and majestic fern native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. This fern is known for its impressive, upright fronds that add a lush, tropical look to shady gardens and landscapes. The Ostrich Fern is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance and decorative plant.

Leaves: The leaves of the Ostrich Fern are large, erect and fern-like, with a vibrant green color. The leaves can reach a height of 1-1.5 meters and have a characteristic, feather-shaped structure.
Growth Form: Matteuccia struthiopteris grows in neat, symmetrical bundles, forming a distinct vase-shaped structure. The fern spreads via underground rhizomes, allowing it to grow in clumps.
Growing Environment: This fern does best in shady to semi-shaded environments. It is ideal for moist, shady borders, woodland gardens, and along water features.

Soil: The Ostrich Fern prefers moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. It does well in a slightly acidic to neutral pH environment.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the growing period. Make sure that the soil does not dry out, but avoid waterlogging.
Feeding: Fertilize the fern in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy growth.
Winter hardiness: Matteuccia struthiopteris is very winter hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -30°C, making it suitable for various climates.

Garden: The Ostrich Fern is perfect for creating a lush, natural look in shady areas of the garden. It combines well with other shade-loving plants such as hostas, astilbes, and other ferns.
Landscape: Ideal for natural plantings, woodland edges, and along streams or ponds, where it adds a natural, lush look.

Decorative: With its large, upright fronds, the Ostrich Fern instantly adds a dramatic and tropical feel to any shady space.
Easy to maintain: This fern is easy to maintain and adapts well to different soil types and light conditions, provided it receives sufficient moisture.
Ecologically useful: The Ostrich fern provides shelter for wildlife and can help stabilize damp areas.

With its impressive, lush leaves and easy care, Matteuccia struthiopteris is an excellent choice for garden enthusiasts and landscapers alike. This Ostrich Fern provides a striking and decorative accent that can effortlessly enhance any shady garden or landscape design.

Matteucia struthiopteris (Ostrich fern or Cup fern)

  • 10,5 cm

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