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Western Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum

SKU
08491
One of the most robust and reliable, this hardy native male fern offers superb texture with glossy, leathery, toothed, dark green foliage. Vigorous evergreen clumps are formed by many long fronds; up to four feet long in cool, shady sites. Keeps up appearances even in warm, arid climates, though plants will be more compact.
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5-9

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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationpol-ISS-tih-kum MEW-nih-tum
Average Size at MaturityForms dense foliage clumps 3 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Poolside
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Provide humus rich, fertile, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, water as needed to maintain consistent soil moisture. Fertilize periodically during growing season. Cut back old, faded fronds when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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