Polystichum munitum

Common Name:
Western sword fern
Plant Type:
Evergreen fern
Dryopteridaceae (The Wood-fern Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Not a flowering plant
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This boldly textured California native will eventually reach 4 feet or more in height and breadth. It has long, narrow once-divided fronds which are quite leathery in texture, dark green in color. Planted in the shade garden, it needs very little attention and will even survive periods of drought. Hardy to 0 degrees F. or below.