Shuttlecock fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Shuttlecock fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris

Common Name: Shuttlecock fern
Genus: Matteuccia
Species: struthiopteris

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

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.