Polystichum munitum

(Western Sword Fern)

By May 9, 2017
Image of Polystichum Munitum, Western Sword Fern

About Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern)

Polystichum munitum, commonly known as the Western Sword Fern, is a native plant to Northern California. Both reliable and robust, this specimen keeps up its showy appearance year-round. The green pinnately fronds grow 2-3′ long with an overall average landscape size of 3-6′ by 3-6′.  Its shiny sword-like toothed foliage is formed in clusters that spiral spreading outward from its center.

Care and Planting Instructions

Plant Polystichum munitum in an area that receives full sun to part shade. When grown in shade its foliage grows long and wide while when planted in full sun it grows upward with shorter fronds.

Landscape Design Ideas 

Spread Western Sword Fern throughout your landscape among other evergreen plants or plant in multiples among a rock garden or up the side of a hill. This fern also looks interesting planted in containers placed near an entrance or to decorate atop your hardscape.

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Botanical Name: Polystichum munitum

Common Name: Western Sword Fern

Average Landscape Size: 3-6' x 3-6'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 1 Gallon, 5 Gallon

Special Features: Low Maintenance, Pet Friendly, Waterwise, Year-round Interest,