Western sword fern

Polystichum munitum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum)
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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.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Fern

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