Matteuccia struthiopteris

Description: The easily identifiable shuttlecock fern whose large striking fronds make an unmistakable shape. The pale green lacy fronds are most beautiful in spring when they start to unfurl and filter the sunlight. It is one of the best foliage plants creating fresh ground cover when planted en mass in a moist shaded area of woodland or near water. The rich green leaves are retained over winter.

Climate/Position: Partial or light dappled shade

Height/Spread: 150cm x 100cm Can spread by underground rhizomes to create a large group over time.

Soil Requirements: Plant in humus-rich, moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil.

Pruning: Removal of dead fronds in autumn or late winter.

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A native of Europe but is grown in this country as an ornamental.