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Ostrich Fern: Onoclea struthioptersis, which some call an ostrich fern, is a crown-forming plant native to temperate regions of North America. This perennial species grows in damp forests and swampy areas from Canada to the south and western regions.
Ostrich ferns are an attractive plant that can cover bare spots in your garden. They are resistant to common garden problems and are easy to care for. You can enjoy a fresh, vibrant garden with lovely foliage elements with little care.
TN Nursery recommends the ostrich fern for bringing lively greenery and exciting textures to a shade or semi-shade garden.
Ostrich ferns can grow pretty tall. The plants usually reach four to five feet high, but the most towering recorded height of the species is a grand six feet.
The plant grows in erect clusters. Each frond has a sturdy, bright green center stem and pairs of leaves with a gently-rounded saw tooth texture. The crowning glory gives the ostrich fern its name. Each fertile frond forms a rosette crown in a lush green hue. The rosette title curves inward to form a tight coil.
That bend gives the impression of an ostrich trying to bend down its head to hide. Thus, the rosette coil provides the descriptive household name for Onoclea struthioptersis.
Where to Grow Onoclea struthioptersis
The fern grows in light soil and prefers constant moisture. This fern tolerates a cool climate and moderate sunlight but prefers semi-shades to full shade.
The widespread ostrich fern enjoys excellent popularity in semi-shaded gardens and along the foundations of buildings. Fiddlehead ferns are hardy perennials that can withstand temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use it in a border garden (near the back due to its height), in a wooded area where grass cannot thrive, or along the shaded foundation of your home. If you have a barren shady section of your landscape, fiddlehead fern will bring it to life.
TN Nursery provides customers with freshly-dug fiddlehead ferns only after receiving each order. You can order confidently, knowing you will receive healthy and fresh ferns.
Posted by Kathy on Jul 06, 2022
I bought 6 Ostrich Ferns and wow....am I happy or what? I received them so fast, I swear they were teleported! Not only that, but I received an extra bonus fern on top of the stellar service. The roots were beautiful; some even had little teensy fronds starting already. The packaging was superb! I give Tennessee Nursery two thumbs up, aces all around and five stars in every aspect. I will definitely buy more plants from them. Thank you so very much for the great ferns and great service!
Posted by Joel on Mar 18, 2022
The roots arrived in great shape and shipped quickly.
Posted by Evelyn Turner on Jan 13, 2022
I love these ferns and I would definitely reccomend buying
Posted by Terry on Aug 28, 2021
Skeptical with bare root mass, but 3 fiddleheads up and growing. Pleased with purchase.
Posted by Jim on Jul 01, 2021
Very happy with the Ostrich Fern purchase. We received fast service and the packaging was superb. Looking forward to the results of our planting and will follow up with more when they do.
Posted by Martha on Oct 02, 2020
The bare roots arrived very quickly and it great shape. I was very impressed with how healthy and fresh they looked. I planted them immediately and look forward to next spring.
Posted by From NJ on Aug 06, 2020
I ordered 100 ostrich ferns, 100 autumn ferns and a grab bag with a mixture of ferns, including about 20 more ostrich ferns. After about 8 weeks, 2/3 of them have sprouted. Most of them still only have one frond, but some have more. Ostrich ferns seem to have sprouted the most consistently - probably 90%. The autumn ferns and other ferns in the grab bag were far more inconsistent 20-50% depending on the variety. Still hoping more will sprout and continue to grow and spread for my fern garden.
Posted by Unknown on Jul 17, 2020
Plants arrived quickly & in good condition; well packaged. I planted immediately. Won’t know for some time of course if they will thrive. But, so far, so good.
Posted by Matthew on Jun 16, 2020
Purchased a second order of 100 which arrived within the week. Felt like we got many more than 100 which is a good value. Would recommend..
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.