An upright, clump-forming fern spreading through rhizomes. Enjoys cool, shady areas with rich organic soils of constant moisture. Finely dissected leaves of a medium green colour. The name comes from the fronds that display a feathery appearance similar to ostrich feathers. This deciduous fern loses leaflets faster than the Wood or Christmas fern, going dormant for the winter.
Spring fiddleheads can be harvested as a gourmet edible.
Ontario Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)
Photo Credit: Perennial Resource