Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) is a groundcover with green fronds typically 3 feet long in cultivated gardens. They prefer wet to mesic soil in shade to part sun. Colonies typically form as the plants mature, which makes them a good choice for groundcovers on shaded slopes and basins. Companion plants include Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and Palm Sedge (Carex muskigemensis).
No serious maintenance needs.