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Products > Plants - Browse By Plant Category > Fern > Polystichum munitum
 
Polystichum munitum - California Sword Fern

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Fern
Family: Dryopteridaceae (~Polypodiaceae)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Polystichum munitum (California Sword Fern) - Native to California's coastal region from Santa Barbara north to Alaska with disjunct populations on islands off Baja California and in North Dakota. This fern forms clumps from which arise many erect pinnately-compound fronds to 2 to 3 feet long (to 4 feet in the Pacific Northwest) .In full shade this fern will form open clumps with fronds spreading outward from the center. In a sunnier location this fern grows more upright with shorter fronds. The shiny leathery leaflets are slightly toothed. It does its best in full shade here in southern California and once established it only needs a little summer water. It is one of the hardiest of ferns and will take temperatures far below 0 degrees F. Naturalized in Europe. We grew this plant from 1979 until 2009.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Polystichum munitum.
 
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