UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Polystichum munitum

pol-ISS-tih-kum MEW-nih-tum
Common Name
Western Sword Fern
Plant Type
Mature Size
3 - 5 ft. tall and 3 - 4 ft wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Flower Color
No flowers
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Western sword ferns are found in in forests throughout California and much of the west. These ferns help give shady landscapes a natural woodsy look. These plants are very tolerant of competition from tree roots. To keep them looking attractive, remove older fronds. Keep in mind that sword ferns provide forage for elk, deer, and black bears, should you wish for any of these animals in your garden.

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