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Athyrium pycnocarpon ‘TN Ostrich Fern’

The ‘TN Ostrich Fern’ has very tall, plume-like, stately fronds and grows in symmetric, vase-shaped clumps. Fertile stalks are found in the center of the ring. The fertile “beads” are green when young and brown when ripe. This is the only species of fern of which the fiddlehead is edible. This deciduous fern is at its most beautiful in spring when the large, pale green, lacy fronds start to unfurl. One of the best foliage plants for areas of moist, dappled shade, it works particularly well next to water or in a woodland garden in between deciduous trees.

Ferns are perfect for the background of the garden or in a woodland setting. Their gracefulness makes them especially suited for companions to the Hosta. Performs well in sun but prefers partial shade.

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FN140BAG Athyrium pycnocarpon 'TN Ostrich Fern' 25 25 $48.25
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Plant Details +

Botanical Athyrium pycnocarpon
Common Name TN Ostrich fern
Family Dennstaedtiaceae
Size #1
Height 36"
Spacing 18"
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Partial shade to full shade
Foliage Green, upright fronds
Flower Non-flowering
Bloomtime Non-flowering

General Information +

General Characteristics: A glade fern. Clustered, arching; sterile leaves are ostrich-plume-shaped; oblong to lance-shaped, widest near the top and narrow towards the base. Fiddleheads represent the unfurled fern. Fiddleheads are harvested in the spring before the young fronds start to unfurl. They are cooked like a vegetable. Ostrich fern likes growing in the floodplain of rivers.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Care should be taken at the time of planting to ensure success but low maintenance is required. Do not plant too deep; bud must be on the soil surface. Most ferns prefer woodsy, acid soil. May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is level with the soil surface. Water thoroughly. Best grown in moist, rich, humusy, acidic, medium wet loams in part shade to full shade. With consistent moisture, it tolerates full sun. Also tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor rocky soils and, once well established, dry soils. Also tolerates full shade. Spreads aggressively by rhizomes to form colonies.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.