Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

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Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
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Polystichum munitum spores green.jpg
Polystichum muntium unfurling.jpg
Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Polystichum munitum forest.jpg
Poly mun croziers.jpg

Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

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This fern is particularly prevalent in the forests of the Western United States from Northern California to the Canadian border, and is often seen in the background of popular movies and television shows when a forest setting is called for.  Their large stature and ability to tolerate a variety of conditions, including high or low light levels and dry summers, make this an easy, low maintenance fern perfect for woodland settings.  Fronds can reach an impressive 4-5 feet or more and have an upright, vase-like habit.  Lime-colored new growth emerges in the spring and slowly fades to a dark, glossy, and very waxy forest green with cinnamon colored scales along the stipe and rachis.

Frond Condition: Evergreen

Mature Frond Length: 5' or more in ideal conditions

Origin: Western United States

Cultural Requirements: Some sun, Part Shade, Shade, Evenly Moist to Dryish

USDA Zones: 6, 7, 8

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