Each leaflet is dagger-shaped, with toothed edges and a base that is reminiscent of a sword hilt. The lush swordlike foliage can count up to 75-100 fronds on mature plants. They remain lush and fresh-looking throughout the season. Easily grown and versatile, Western Sword Fern is particularly beautiful as a specimen and most impressive planted in drifts in a woodland garden. Long-lasting when cut for arrangements.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
- Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall and wide (60-120 cm).
- A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Will grow in full sun if watered regularly in summer. Will tolerate dry shade and poorer soil once established. Protect crowns from excessive winter wet.
- This plant is a great choice for shady beds and borders, underplanting of roses and shrubs, cottage gardens or woodland gardens.
- Virtually pest and disease free. Rabbit and deer resistant.
- Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
- Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe, division of rhizomes in spring or by bulbils in fall
- Native from California to Alaska and Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota.