Plant Catalog - POLYSTICHUM MUNITUM
Western Sword Fern
An evergreen fern with a robust, clumping growth habit. Fronds are upright to arching, leathery, dark green, and lance-shaped. Pinnae are single-divided in a fishbone pattern. Native to North America, including California.
USDA zones: 5 - 9
Sunset zones: A3, 2 - 9, 14 - 24
Mature size: 3 - 6 feet high and wide
Light needs: partial to full shade
Water needs: regular water during growth, occasional watering after establishment
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I have planted many of this native fern on hillsides. Does wonderful with Native Oak and Redwood trees as a natural companion planting. Clumps become a nice full tight form. Needs occasional removal of old fronds but that is the only maintenance. With age and wood mulch it is also fairly drought tollerant with age.