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Shuttlecock Fern

Onoclea struthiopteris

Also known as

Ostrich Fern, Ostrich-Feather Fern, Fiddlehead Fern, Ostrich plume fern

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

1.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Shuttlecock Fern Overview

Onoclea struthiopteris was previously well known as Matteuccia struthiopteris, it is also commonly called Shuttlecock Fern, Ostrich Fern, Fiddlehead Fern or Ostrich-Feather Fern. This deciduous fern from the Aspleniaceae family, forms large erect rosettes with bright green, lance-shaped fronds up to 1.5m high, surrounding shorter, brownish fronds. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Shuttlecock Fern

Generally pest & disease free when grown outdoors.

    How to harvest Shuttlecock Fern

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Shuttlecock Fern

    Spores

    Division

    Divide in spring.

    Special features of Shuttlecock Fern

    Attracts butterflies

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Shuttlecock Fern

    Shade, naturaliser, erosion control, greenhouse, under shrubs