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

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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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 HabitSpreading
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Poolside, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dense Habit, Easy Care, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
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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