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Ostrich Fern - Tennessee Glade Fern

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Ostrich Fern - Tennessee Glade Fern

Ostrich Glade Fern is a native perennial fern that has beautiful green fronds. It does like moderate amounts of water but is somewhat drought tolerant. The Glade Fern ships bare root year round.
Zones: 4-8

The ostrich fern grows in the temperate, northern hemispheres of North America, Europe, and Asia.
The ostrich fern has a typical fern morphology with many centrally placed, curving stems with bi-lateral rows of leaves on both sides. Its color varies from the most common light green to a medium dark green. It has fronds that bear spores and may extend from 40-60 inches high from the ground and tapers in width as they approach the plant base and also the frond tip. The overall shape of the frond loosely resembles that of an ostrich feather. It grows in bunches and colonies and reproduces by both seeding and putting forth stolons underground that travel 6-8 inches from their origin to sprout a new plant.

The glade fern, scientific name Diplazium pycnocarpon, grows in neither moist nor dry soil.

The glade fern is a long and thin-leafed fern that grows in colonies with 5-6 fronds per group. This fern is native to the Eastern North American forests, and its range extends from Canada to the Texas coast. This plant ships bare root (root/rhizome only) with no foliage at time of shipment. Guaranteed to grow!

This beauty commonly known as either fiddlehead fern or ostrich fern, is a crown and colony-forming plant.

This fern prefers to grow near riverbanks, ponds, and lakes, therefore, it can form dense colonies resistant to flooding due to its immense love for water. Ostrich ferns are perfect for very moist and damp growing conditions. They grow during the autumn months, live throughout the winter, and release new spores in early spring. Fiddlehead ferns are common ornamental plants to have in any garden for a pop of bright, vibrant green colors.


The Ostrich Fern is shipped bare root.


  • USDA Zones 4-8
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Growing Zones:
  • Color: Green
  • Season: Summer, Fall
  • Height: 3-4 feet
  • Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
4.0 Based on 14 reviews
  • 2
    Ostrich ferns

    Apr 10, 2023 Reviewer: KATHRYN BAYLESS

    it appears that about half of the bare roots may be dead. I planted anyhow and am hoping for the best.

  • 4
    Ostrich Ferns

    Apr 06, 2023 Reviewer: Heather Hoag

    I received my ferns a few months back. I haven't planted them yet due to the weather, but there are growing in the bag and ready to go for the spring. I can't wait to watch them grow!

  • 4
    Ostrich Fern

    Oct 10, 2022 Reviewer: Judy Oliver

    The bareroot plants arrived quickly after I had placed my order and they seemed to be in good health. It was easy to pull the plants out of the plastic bag since the roots hadn't intertwined. I placed them in the ground and am awaiting their arrival in the spring.

  • 3
    Ostrich Fern

    Sep 04, 2022 Reviewer: Susan Sims Hall

    I am still watching. I planted the ferns immediately and kept the soil moist. Three weeks later there is no green. I unplanted one and saw I had planted it sideways. I will check the others . Hopefully, this solves the problem.

  • 5
    Ostrich Fern

    Jun 26, 2022 Reviewer: Mike

    Eight bare root ferns planted, eight healthy ferns came up. Yea! Kept ground moist, and from 2 - 3 weeks they all came up and are growing fast..

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