Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ostrich Fern Fertile Frond

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Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) Fertile Frond
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern) Fertile Frond

Unlike the infertile fronds these ferns produce in the spring the fertile fronds remain standing through the winter.


  1. Strange color...really does look like a feather. Sounds like a long grower into the season too. Nice! Matti

  2. Yes and no I suppose. It does almost all of its growing all at once in the spring and then later in the summer it sends these up... they are green when they pop up so it can give that impression. As long as they're wet enough they'll look good through the season even if they aren't actively growing.

    It is a very nice fern with a great soft texture that quickly forms a large carpet but can be kept in check easily enough (runners are shallow and never go too far from the mother plant).

    It's also one of a very tiny number (maybe the only?) of native plants (?) I grow.

  3. Beautiful photography. It looks very painterly on the wood background!


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