Matteuccia struthiopterisBold yet graceful deciduous fern to at least 4' wide and 4' tall. This fern will spread over time into a colony of ferns which can reach 10 feet across. Newly emerging "fiddle head" fronds can be eaten if cooked. Large plume like fronds appear in spring to 4' or more in height. Shorter fertile fronds appear in fall and persist into winter. Best to cut back all growth in late fall. Plant in medium to light shade. USDA zone 3 in cold hardiness.