Our Northwest forests are a treasure trove of useful wild plants. Wild berries like Salal, Huckleberry and Elderberry are abundant and growing with them are plants like Ostrich Fern. A fine ornamental, it also features tasty fronds in early spring. Ostrich Fern is hardy to minus 30°F and likes some shade and moist soil.
Jumbo Ostrich
Matteuccia struthiopteris
With its deep green, 3-4 ft. tall fronds, this beautiful Northwest native will complement any landscape. In the spring you can stir-fry the delicious young, unopened fronds (fiddleheads) that taste somewhat like asparagus. 7552
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