It’s finally warm enough for the Ostrich Ferns, they are emerging everywhere. The ones that get more sun have already completely emerged and the others in deeper shade are just now showing their fiddleheads!
The Ostrich Fern grows all over the mountain in the shade in the wet low lying areas and along the creek beds. Some are 18 to 20 inches tall but in other areas where the trees are tall they are growing 3 to 5 foot tall.
The Ostrich ferns are one of the most beautiful and showy ferns. As you can see they are erect in stature with graceful arching fronds that resemble huge ostrich ferns.
These stand nearly 3 feet tall.
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42 thoughts on “Ostrich Ferns Emerge”
they’re really beautiful! don’t get to see many (if any) ferns here in texas!
Thank you 🙂
Oh I love fern fronds when they unfurl. I have some kind of fern that comes up in my Azalea bed each year. I was afraid this cold winter had done them in, but just today I saw several fronds pushing their way up. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
Me too! I’d love to see a picture of your fern Natalie, maybe I can tell you what kind it is! 🙂
Thanks, Michael. I shall take a picture of it tomorrow. It’s one that I put in a pot one summer way back there and then when I picked it up to move it into the greenhouse I could see where the “stolons” had grown out through the whole in the bottom of the pot and had rooted in the soil of that flower bed. I remember thinking oh well they’ll die this winter, but they’ve been coming up and spreading in the flower bed ever since. They get about three feet tall when they are fully grown. Hugs, N
Oh wow, mother nature is surprising and so wonderful how she propagate plants! I can’t wait to se it 🙂
Michael these a crappy photos, but with what’s going on with my knee I can’t stoop down far enough to get better pictures. But maybe you can tell what kind of fern mine is from these. Blessings, Natalie
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Hi Natalie, I didn’t get any pictures? Don’t get hurt trying to get pictures please!!
They weren’t under my message? Hmmmmm. Let me try again.
no, only numbers?
so great seeing the ferns unfurling and emerging from their winter’s sleep. I’m thinking the fiddle head salad is sounding better and better 😉
Me too! They are beautiful 🙂
A true sign of spring. We’re getting snow flurries overnight…but hope to see ferns in the near future!
Oh no, at least it is flurries and not expected to get accumulations but it’s still cold there! 🙂
What a beautiful plant! I love when the flowers and plants start to come alive again after a harsh winter!
Me too, the ostrich ferns are beautiful 🙂
So lovely and fresh. Ours are at about the same stage as yours. I hear they are delicious, but never have the desire to cut and cook them. Have you? WG
I have heard and read about people eating them but I never had the desire to try them! 🙂 I just can’t imagine them being good.
People eat lots of things I can’t imagine being good…. but folks will batter and fry most anything! I’d much rather watch those little fiddleheads uncurl into beautiful ferns! WG
Yep I know, I would rather watch them unfurl too! 🙂
Its really amazing how they do that. I have a growing appreciation for ferns. 🙂
I agree Jeff, the Ostrich ferns are one of my favorites. I am lucky because they grow wild all over the mountain so I get to enjoy them a lot 🙂
What a site! We have them in Polish woods as well… 🙂 ela
Oh wow Ela, I’d love to see pictures!! I love these ferns, they are so cool! 🙂
You have caught us up Michael… some of our ostrich ferns started emerging on Saturday and are about a foot high already – you can almost watch them grow! 😀 Have you ever eaten them?
Wow, sounds our weather might be about the same now!? 🙂 I have not eaten them, have you tried them?
We tried a few last year after most had got too big, so I will be trying a dish of them very soon… I will post if it tastes good!
Please let me know how you cook them and what they taste like!!
All the time I lived in the South and I never knew it was called an ostrich fern. 🙂
They are all over the mountains of TN and a lot of the nurseries sell them in TN too!
Interesting. Never knew what these were called!
Ferns are so pretty and intriguing – never more so when they’re unfurling!
I agree! 🙂
Nice to see ferns in your area have broken through the ground. With yesterday’s snow still lingering on the ground, it maybe some time yet before we see any fronds in this area. Still, seeing yours is a hopeful sign.
wow, I am glad all the snow and ice are gone and hope it won’t be too long to be gone for you!! 🙂
Fern, in my area growing their a lot 🙂
Don’t you just love these huge ferns? I sure do 🙂
These are my favorite ferns, I think. They’re not coming up yet but maybe this weekend. Some people like to eat the fiddleheads but I have heard differing accounts of how they taste. Haven’t tried them, myself.
Me too, I really like seeing these ferns around, they are beautiful! I have never tried eating them either. I am glad you had a chance to visit, I enjoyed visiting your site too. You have a nice post and pictures too! 🙂
Absolutely beautiful! Spring is such a great time of year 🙂