Polystichum munitum
Western Sword Fern

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Western Sword Fern
Polystichum munitum

Sword fern is the king of evergreen ferns providing year round visual interest and structure to the shaded garden. Large palm like fronds provides protective cover for birds and other wildlife year round. Perfect for grouping, it's an easy care plant that thrives in moisture and shade.

Deer resistant and thrives on neglect
Transplants well and looks best planted in groups
Drought tolerant even though it thrives in moisture
Easy to grow and shade loving
Evergreen fronds create winter interest
Perfect cover for native birds and critters

Native Range

Shaded woodlands from Alaska south into California and east into Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. Also native in Pennsylvania

Interesting Facts

Songbird populations have dropped 70 percent in the last decade. Loss of native habitat has been a key factor in the decline making the use of a mix of native plants crucial for the living landscape.


Provide partial to full shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Trim off the oldest fronds each spring.

Mature Size: 2-3ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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