Climate Zone: 3 to 9
Mature Height: 1.5 to 3 ft.
Mature Width: 1.5 to 3 ft.
Growth/Year: 1.5 to 3 ft.
Sunlight: Prefers Partial to Full Shade.
Soil Conditions: Prefers Moist, Well-Drained Soils.
Botanical Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris
Fiddlehead fern, also known as fiddlehead green, is the common name for a variety of ornamental ferns. Many in this charming species are edible and harvested and used as a vegetable. Health benefits include antioxidant properties, a high source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and high fiber and iron content.
If leaves remain on the plant, each head of the Fiddlehead Fern would uncoil into a new petal. Since harvesting takes place in early spring before the fronds have the chance to fully open, they are cut quite close to ground level. They can be harvested in the spring if you would like to test their tastiness!