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Western Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum
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Evergreen fern with sword-shaped, toothed, deep green fronds. Very hardy and reliable. Grows in an open, upright, spreading habit. Use for erosion control, as a shady border or near poolsides.

Plant with Coral Bells


  • Landscape Size: 2-4' tall, 2-4' wide
  • Light Requirement: Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade or Full Shade
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Sunset Zone: 2-9, 14-24
  • Growth Habit: Upright, Spreading
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Attributes: Evergreen, Pet Friendly, Waterwise

These characteristics apply to the greater Sacramento area and nearby regions. 

Live outside of our area? Please check with your local cooperative extension for the best growing practices in your neck of the woods.

Visit: UC Cooperative Extension Offices

Visit: National County Extension Offices

Green Thumb Guide

Grows best in enriched, well-drained soil. Establish an extensive root system by watering deeply during first growing season. Cut back old fronds before new growth begins in spring. Feed periodically.



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