The large bright-colored foliage of Ostrich Fern creates a beautiful clump-forming mass under wooded areas. Although capable of tolerating full sun, it needs to be sited in a location that doesn’t receive immense direct sunlight for long stretches of the day and has ample moisture in the soil. Metteuccia struthiopteris can tolerate wet conditions and periods of sunlight better than most ferns. While establishing, its water needs depend on how much sun it will receive. Minimal sunlight means less water; more sunlight means more water. Ostrich Fern can be used as a border plant or as a mass to fill in whole areas. It’s best to plant Ostrich Fern in a semi-protected location in which the wind won’t be too aggressive and dry out the fronds. The large-beautiful foliage will persist through the seasons until the first frost.
Ostrich Fern will spread by making rhizomes and forming a new colony. Otherwise, the plant reproduces by spores that release from the sporangia in the summer. These spores are carried by the wind, allowing Ostrich Fern to spread.