têtes de violon © J. Paquette
fougère autruche3 © Vision H2O
fougère autruche1 © Vision H2O
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Ostrich Fern, Fiddleheads

Matteuccie fougère-à-l’autruche (têtes de violon)

Matteuccia struthiopteris

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    This large fern can measure up to 1.5 to 2 m. Its sterile leaves are green and fertile leaves are brown. The green leaves (fronds) grow around the fertile fronds like a crown. The fertile fronds are brown scales that look like a thin brown paper. It spreads by dividing its underground stem (rhizome).
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  • Interesting Fact Interesting Fact Icon
    Picking fiddleheads in New Brunswick is a spring tradition. Caution: Make sure you are able to identify it. They must never be eaten raw or undercooked. Follow sustainable harvesting. (1)http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/biodome-flora/ostrich-fern-birds-nest-fiddle-heads (2) http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/en/HealthyEnvironments/Food/FiddleheadsAndFoodSafety.pdf