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Fiddlehead Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris
Fiddlehead Fern: Matteuccia struthiopteris the fiddlehead fern, is a perennial North American native species that grows best in shaded or semi-shaded, acidic, and moist soil. It thrives in every United States growing zone as long as you can provide shade.
Fiddlehead fern is a deciduous plant that can grow as high as a stately six-foot tall in a relaxed and shaded environment, although most top out around five feet.
The roots form in dense clumps that produce other plants relatively quickly. TN Nursery recommends this species to customers who want a unique addition to a shade garden or rock garden. It is also helpful in preventing erosion when planted along a slope.
Fiddlehead Fern's Name Describes Its' Appearance
Fiddlehead fern has feathery fronds and a long, stout rhizome. The fronds unfurl to a typical length of four to five feet and display numerous leaflets.
Fertile fronds are pale brown and extend almost to the ground. Additionally, fertile fronds are more prominent and spread further, are a lovely shade of green, and may persist throughout winter in temperate growing zones. The contrasting leaf shape is one of the distinguishing features--the very thing that gives it such a unique name.
The Fiddlehead fern has a small stem with a tapered tip. The lower stems twist and taper to give it a v-shape vein pattern. Most interestingly, the ends of the fronds form tight coils, suggesting the shape of a fiddle.
The color of the fiddlehead fern is verdant green. However, they may grow protective papery skin protection as it grows--this protective layer falls off in time. Some gardeners remove it to brighten the appearance.
Caring for Matteuccia struthiopteris
Like most fern species, the fiddlehead fern grows best in shaded spots. If you select the right home for your fern, it will require little care, except an occasional watering on the hottest or driest days. TN Nursery recommends the fiddlehead fern for gardeners who need an easy-to-care-for plant in heavy to filtered shade.
Fiddlehead Fern is Available Online At TN Nursery
The TN Nursery team is happy to provide their customers with freshly-dug plants. You can order your fiddlehead fern with confidence.
I purchased 10 starts and "so far" only 5 have started. I live in a zone that has highs around 100-102 F and cold down to about -10 F. These are really fragile as they are roots so I have started them in pots and keep them in my sunroom to protect them from shock. I am hopeful that at least a couple of the non starts will recover. The ones that are doing best had fern heads starting in the packaging. It takes some time to pot these so try keeping the roots a bit damp with a wet paper towel or something to keep them from drying out. So far I'm happy with the 5 survivors, but with roots there is always a risk.
My plant babies came carefully packed with maximum care. They were all healthy and are growing well some weeks after purchase.
The shipping time was great. The roots were healthy and ready for planting. Two have already emerged.
Good condition. Already above ground, vibrant colors and sturdy growth!
The roots are beautiful, they started growing in the bag so when we were done with frost we planted them in two large pots and they are already coming up. Will allow them to live in pots for two years and then transplant them somewhere sunny but shady in late afternoon. Great product as well as great communication. Thank you!!