Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern, Shuttlecock Fern

(19 customer reviews)

Matteuccia struthiopteris, or the Ostrich fern, is a wonderfully architectural and extremely hardy plant for moist, cool places. Once settled in it will spread by lateral stolons to form quite dense colonies of beautifully elegant lime-green shuttlecocks.

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Expert tip

In the wild these ferns favour riverbanks and other waterside areas. Why not imitate this by a pond or other water feature, where the plant's natural fountain shape will be enhanced by the symmetry of its rippling reflections.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

At full size the Matteuccia struthiopteris can reach almost a metre wide and 1.8m tall, so do not be tempted to overcrowd them when planting. They will naturally die back in the winter and return with spectacular unfurling fountains in Spring, making for a wonderful cyclical display to look forward to. Designers often consider pairing such dramatic deciduous show stoppers with  supporting partners that can provide interest in the winter months, for example fiery stemmed Cornus varieties which appreciate the same damp conditions as Matteuccia struthiopteris.

Great value for money, looking forward to seeing the fronds appear in the spring. Lisa R.
Great value for money, looking forward to seeing the fronds appear in the spring.

19 customer reviews for Matteuccia struthiopteris

Absolutely brilliant service. This plant arrived well packaged and was such a healthy and large specimen that I planted straight away where I wanted it to go (normally I place all new plants, especially ferns, in a holding area I have that protects them for a few months, or overwinter them here so that they can grow bigger and stronger before the final placement). Have ordered before from The Palm Centre and will definitely be ordering more from you. Well done on your excellent plants and service.


Fast Delivery/well packaged,is it meant to look like a waterlogged dead bulb?

Palm Centres answer: This is a plant that remains dormant in the winter, no leaves, so yes the fern you received will have no leaves at this time of the year.

Kevin Walker

arrived on time and safely, plants are a good size and look forward to being able to plant out.


top quality plants.exceptional value.great service and packaging.

eric barnes