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'Ostrich fern' is a plant in the Matteuccia genus with a scientific name of Matteuccia struthiopteris. A type of fern, it mainly grows as an evergreen plant - which means it retains leaves throughout the year. Ostrich fern is known for its mound-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.43 metres (7.90 feet). Ostrich fern is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year.

Asparagus is a member of the Lily family of long-lived, storage-rooted perennial. Says The Trusty Gardener, "When you stop harvesting the spears – which are the growing stems – the plants continue to send up new spears that grow and spread out into this wonderful, fluffy fern. You must allow the fern to collect sun and make sugars by photosynthesis to send down to the roots so the plant will have lots of energy to make lots more delicious spears for next year." Grows well with tomatoes.

Angiopteris evecta "Giant Fern". Fronds can grow to 4 or 5 metres in length.