Matteuccia: Growing Guide

Hardy perennials, and probably the most beautiful of the garden ferns.

Situation:

These plants will thrive in any fairly shady place out of the wind. In the course of time they will develop into considerable clumps.

Soil:

The soil must be constantly damp. Under trees the soil is often too dry and frequent spraying is essential. Ensure a plentiful humus supply.

Propagation:

By division in spring.

Matteuccia struthiopteris syn Struthiopteris germanica: Height to 90 cm, develops a small trunk with leaves resembling ostrich feathers, and forming a bowl at the top. The sterile fronds are the largest and are also more erect growing. The fertile fronds bear the spores; they are smaller and remain erect all through the winter.

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