Matteuccia struthiopteris

2 litre pot £17.99
available to order from late autumn
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Buy Matteuccia struthiopteris shuttlecock fern: Fabulous, large, shuttlecock fern

This fern is deciduous so all its fronds will die back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again each spring.

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acid soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This wonderful deciduous shuttlecock fern is at its most beautiful in spring when the large, pale green, lacy fronds start to unfurl and filter the sunlight. It is one of the best foliage plants for areas of moist, dappled shade and works particularly well planted in groups next to water or in a woodland garden in between deciduous trees.

  • Garden care: Remove dead fronds in early spring. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.

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Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

Notes on Matteuccia struthiopteris

"Damp conditions and sheltered shade make this upright fern open its erect green fronds, like apple-green caterpillars stretching for more, an early summer phenomenon"

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Whhen in Canada I was served Fiddle heads which were delicious, is this the same plant?


Hello, I'm afraid I have never heard of these being edible and although (after some research) I can see that some websites on google are saying that they are one and the same, I would not be prepared to say that you should go ahead and eat them. Sorry.


Hi, The slugs started eating up the new growth at the end of last summer - I have now put both ferns under cloches, and now in spring, they are beginning to fill them. How big should the fern leaves get before they are safe from slugs and the cloches could be removed? A second question, is that I have them growing on the back end of a lawn - is there any risk they will colonise under the lawn?


Hello there Well hopefully as the fronds mature they will toughen up and won't be quite so palatable but I am afraid I can't guarantee this. You could try using some of the other deterrents like the Natural slug and snail deterrent Nemasys nemaslug slug killer These ferns do spread by underground rhizomes, sending up new 'shuttlecocks' as it grows so in time it could start to colonise. Hope this helps

Hi, I am looking to order Matteuccia struthiopteris from your site. Just wondering whether it multiplies by runners underground or does it just increase in size without forming colonies. If you could help me there, that would be great. Thanks


Hello, This fern does spread by underground rhizomes, sending up new 'shuttlecocks' as it grows. In good conditions, it will soon spread to form good-sized colonies. I hope this helps,

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