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Western sword fern

Polystichum munitum

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Western sword ferns abound in the forests of the Northwestern U.S. They are robust, reliable, and virtually maintenance-free. They put up with difficult soil and manage to keep up appearances even in hot, dry weather. Their deep green, leathery fronds are attractive year-round.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis low-maintenance U.S. native fern has evergreen, leathery fronds.

CareProvide partial to full shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Trim off the oldest fronds each spring.

PropagationDivide in spring.


  • Genus : Polystichum
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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