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Matteuccia (mat-tew-shee-uh), Dryopteridaceae family. Matteuccia are large, hardy, striking ferns of North America and Europe is easily grown in moist loamy soil. The sterile fronds spread gracefully outward, forming luxuriant colonies. The fertile fronds ate much shorter, bearing pod-like segments that curl around the spores.
Matteuccia struthiopteris pensylvanica (struth-ee-op-ter-iss pen-sil-van-ik-uh) ostrich fern, native North American species, found on moist, wooded slopes and in swamps. Broadly laced fronds, like those of the cinnamon fern, may form crowns as high as 7 feet, with many pairs of narrow segments. Matteuccia struthiopteris pensylvanica is on the preservation list of some states.