Western Sword Fern
The classic evergreen fern found growing in the understory all up and down the West Coast, the Western Sword Fern is an easy to grow perennial that can withstand a variety of soils and sunlight conditions. It gets its name from the long, sword-like fronds that many of us grew up having botanical sword fights with at summer camp. Deer resistant and rather drought resistant once established. A perfect understory plant.
Latin Name: Polystichum munitum
Site and Soil: Full to 1/2 day sun to almost full shade and well-drained soil. Plants are very drought resistant once they are established.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F.
Size at Maturity: 12-24 inches in height
Pests & Diseases: We have not seen this plant be bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 4-8