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Polystichum munitum
Polystichum munitum
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Polystichum munitum

Western Sword Fern

USDA Zone: 6-9

Plant number: 9.050.150

Native to woodlands of the Pacific Northwest, this is a large and striking specimen fern, growing best in regions with similar cool summer conditions. Plants form a clump of long, tapering dark-green fronds, with a thick and leathery texture. Great for massing, in the rock garden or containers. One of the largest Polystichums in cultivation. Evergreen. Trim off dead fronds in early spring before new growth begins. May be divided in spring, if desired. Played an important role in the lives of indigenous people medicinally for boils, tonsillitis, sores, as a dandruff cure and for household uses such as lining baking pits and for making mattresses.

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Polystichum munitum

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Wild Flower
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches
   60-120 cm
   23-47 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate