Common Name: Ostrich Fern
Scientific Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris
Origin: Europe, Eastern Asia and Eastern North America
Bloom time: Non-blooming
Reaching up to 3 1/2 feet tall in moist, cool soil, the ostrich fern is the tallest native fern in North America. Its vegetative fronds that emerge in late summer resemble long, feathery ostrich plumes and are edged with several bead-like sporangia. Most notably, the dark green fronds grow vertically with a gentle arch. Matteuccia struthiopteris produces large, edible-when-cooked fiddleheads. Sprouts, or kogomi in Japanese, are considered a delicacy.