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Fiddlehead Ferns in Ostrich Ferns or Matteuccia Struthiopteris can quickly grow in the backyard garden. The young fronds of these ferns are commonly cooked and eaten like any green leafy vegetable.
Each plant will produce seven fronds and reach a height of 6 feet. For the plant to remain healthy, only 3 of the fronds are harvested before they open.
Over-picking leads to the death of the plant. Fiddlehead ferns can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 7, and they are a deer-resistant garden foliage plant.
The Japanese Painted Fern
The Athyrium niponicum, more commonly referred to as the Japanese painted fern, is a decorative garden plant. One of the most notable visual characteristics of the plant is its deep red stems. The fronds can grow up to about a foot high and out to a foot long or more. They are often described as beautiful, containing silver and purple coloring on a green base. Though a slow-growing plant, it will continue to develop as the year's pass. The Japanese painted fern is widely considered easy to grow and maintain and is a fantastic addition to wood or shaded gardens. However, it will also thrive in an indoor environment with proper care. For the best aesthetic results, the soil around the fern should not be allowed to dry out, and the plant should be kept in the light shade.