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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Polystichum munitum (Kaulfuss) K. Presl
Western swordfern, Pineland sword fern, Western sword fern
USDA Symbol: pomu
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This is a refined fern with a massive clump of 3-5 ft., dark-green fronds that resemble a palm tree top cut off. The fronds are evergreen and occur in clumps of 75-100.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Brown
AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , SD , WA Canada: BC
, MB Native Distribution:
CA coast, n. to AK & to n.w. MT Native Habitat:
Damp conifer woods below 2500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
High Light Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Drought Tolerance:
High Soil Description:
Various moist soils but tolerates dry conditions. Conditions Comments:
is deer proof. It transplants well and lends a look of lushness to the woodland garden. Looks best planted in groups or drifts.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Spores. It will spread well on its own but plants can be divided in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-03-25
Research By: TWC Staff