Ostrich Fern Onoclea struthioptersis
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 Fern Gets its Name
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.
Fiddlehead Fern is available online at TN Nursery
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.
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My ostrich ferns arrived in a sealed sandwich bag with plenty of moisture. They appear healthy. There were even a couple extra roots, which I appreciated.
Came as requested. Ordering more
Received them a little over a week after ordering them. However, time will tell whether they grow since they are bare-root. I planted 80% within 2 hours of receiving them and the rest the next day.
The ferns came exactly when they said they would and are already planted. I will review again when they come up next spring. Thank You!
The ferns were delivered and, of course, they don’t look like much. 5 days later, I noticed the first leaves sprouting up! I thought it would take weeks! I have high expectations for the other 3 varieties I ordered.
I recieved my plants the other day! I'm excited to see what Spring will bring! It's a little soon for.a review, but if the care given to packaging is any indication, they are going to thrive! I was very pleased with how they looked!
looks great around my pond
love these ferns
this looks amazing
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.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
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.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
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.
Ships November through April