In this mix
- Border (Middle)
- Acid - Neutral
- Fronds from March to November, deciduous over winter.
- 1.2m (4ft)
- Common name
- Shuttlecock Fern
- 90cm (36in)
Magnificent shuttlecock or ostrich fern, with huge bright-green fronds. A superb plant for the border or woodland.
Picked young, before they unfurl, the fronds can be eaten, raw or cooked, and are said to have a flavour similar to asparagus.
The plant spreads slowly by underground rhizomes and in time, builds up large groups on its own, which can be propagated by division in spring. Remove dead fronds when necessary.