Shuttlecock Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris - 3x 9cm Pot
Matteuccia struthiopteris, also known as Shuttlecock Fern or Ostrich Fern, is a deciduous, stoloniferous fern with green, lance-shaped, bipinnatifid sterlile fronds, surrounding shorter brown fertile fronds. It forms colonies of erect rosettes up to 1.5m in height. This plant has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 1.5m
- Uses: flower beds and borders, underplanting of roses and shrubs
- Tolerance: frost tolerant
- Growing Habit: suckering
- Exposure: sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full shade
- Soil Requirements: clay, loamy, sandy, acid, neutral
- Moisture: moist but well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Matteucia struthiopteris is a low maintenance, easy-to-grow plant. Remove dead or damaged fronds as necessary.
Matteucia struthiopteris will grow in most cool, moist, shaded sites. Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe or by division in spring.
- Plant spreading: up to 2.5m
Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They live for more than two years and typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring and their development of larger root systems, enabling them to access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.