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Polystichum munitum (Western sword fern)

Polystichum munitum Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Polystichum munitum pol-ISS-tih-kum MEW-nih-tum Common Name: Western sword fern Genus: Polystichum
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 characteristics: This low-maintenance U.S. native fern has evergreen, leathery fronds.
Care: Provide partial to full shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Trim off the oldest fronds each spring.
Propagation: Divide in spring.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Native; Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Evergreen
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Fern

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