One of the Most Beautiful Ferns Available Easily one of the most beautiful ferns for your shady and wet garden spots, Ostrich Fern (MATTEUCCIA struthiopteris) is a must have. The fronds unfurl into a beautiful vase shape that really does look like an ostrich’s tail feathers. Lustrous, very large dark emerald fronds arch gracefully from the base of the fern. This native gives the tropical feel of a palm but handles cold weather much better (up to zone 3!) Ostrich fern is happiest in a site that is moist, cool and shady. It handles more sun the closer it is to a stream, pond or bog and handles wet feet like a duck.Ostrich fern settles nicely in a woodland setting, but try it in a modern or contemporary landscape, too. It really sings when planted in masses. Interestingly, we’re told by friends in Vermont that the young fiddleheads are delicious sautéed in a bit of oil, with a taste like asparagus. It’s even the state vegetable in Vermont! If you want a fast growing, beautiful, shade loving fern, then this is the one for you. Order yours today! * Elegant arching fronds* Loves moist shade* Edible fiddleheads .