Photograph Description and comments
Matteuccia struthiopteris

6/12/2005 Matteuccia struthiopteris is a very agressive fern that has become a weed in our yard. Once established, the fern spreads out via underground runners to produce new off shoots. One plants fills in 5 ft x 5 ft section in 5 years. In wet areas, it expands more rapidly. We removed it from our small trail beds where its aggressive nature smothered out neighboring plants. We use it along border areas to stabilize slopes. Attractive plant, but it does not play well with others. Avoid in small gardens. Typical height 25 inches, but can grow to 48 inches when happy. Hillside.


Photograph Description and comments
Matteuccia struthiopteris pinnae (top view, sterile).
Matteuccia struthiopteris pinnae (underside view, sterile).
Matteuccia struthiopteris pinnae (closeup, sterile).


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