Sword Fern (Polystichum Munitum)

$24.00

Majestic and weather-resistant, award-winning Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern) is a robust evergreen fern forming a shapely, arching mound of long, narrowly lance-shaped, lustrous, dark green fronds.

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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.

Requirements & Characteristics

Hardiness
Zones 3 - 8
Heat Zones
Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones
2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Exposure
Partial Sun, Shade
Height
2' - 4' (60cm - 120cm)
Spread
2' - 4' (60cm - 120cm)
Spacing
24" - 48" (60cm - 120cm)
Plant Family
Polystichum - Ferns
Water Needs
Average
Maintenance
Low
Soil Type
Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage
Moist but Well-Drained
Garden Uses
Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs