Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern, Fiddlehead Fern, Shuttlecock Fern)
This crown-forming, colony forming, ornamental fern grows vertically in average soil, up to four feet at maturity and is deciduous. It is not for the faint of heart, as it sends out new plants in all directions if given the right conditions. So, be advised and forewarned, but if you have the place for it, it can be stunning in a woodland garden or as a background plant. Its natural habitat is in bogs, streams, and creeks, so it requires moisture. Perhaps with a little less, it will keep in check. Zones 2-8. Photo by Kor!An (Андрей Корзун) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.