An Ostrich fern that stands up to the heat and humidity in the South? Yep. Meet 'The King', an incredible selection that thrives in our hot and muggy north-central Georgia gardens during summer unlike any other Matteuccia struthiopteris we've tried. You might also be happy to know that the deer won't touch it, at least not in our gardens. A fast spreader with large attractive green fronds that reach 3 feet tall on average, but up to 6 feet tall with consistent moisture, it can be planted in shady to partially shaded contained areas to limit its spread or will colonize in moist ditches, lowlands and other areas with consistently moist soil. That said, it will adapt to average garden soils, and even under large trees, but just won't grow quite as large. Get all the details below!