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Polystichum munitum
Polystichum munitum

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Zones A3, 2-9, 14-24, 36-38
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Polystichum munitum

Western Sword Fern
Polypodiaceae
Ferns

POLYSTICHUM

Hardy, symmetrical, easy-to-grow plants with evergreen fronds, except in the case of P. braunii. Among the most useful and widely planted ferns; combine well with other plants. Do best in rich, well-drained soil. Use in shady beds, along house walls, and in mixed woodland plantings.

Polystichum munitum
Polystichum munitum

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Polystichum munitum

Native from California to Alaska and Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota. This is the most common fern of Western forests. Grows to 2–4 ft. tall and wide. Leathery, lustrous dark green fronds are erect, then spreading. Each leaflet is dagger shaped, with toothed edges and a base that looks rather like a sword hilt. Old plants may have 75–100 fronds. Long lasting when cut for arrangements. Established plants get by with reduced moisture.

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