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Polystichum munitum

  • Common Name
    Western Sward Fern
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Fern
  • Size
    2' - 4' x 2'
  • Flower Color
    None
  • Bloom Time
    N / A
  • Leaves
    Leathery, Dark Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    5.5-6.4 (acid)
  • Exposure
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Loam
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    The Western Sword Fern is a California native of Redwood & Douglas Fir forests. It is a long lived, tough & adaptable fern that is often used in shady garden settings. It has 2' - 4- tall fronds depending on the soil & available moisture. It looks good in shady perennial borders,as a large ground cover, or naturalized under Redwood or other large conifers. 

    Plant in rich, acidic soil enhanced with compost. Although it is considered to be drought tolerant once established, it does best with regular summer water. Can be grown in the sun in coastal Marin but in hotter areas of marin it needs dappled to full shade.

    Can be browsed by deer.

     No significant pests or diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals
    N / A