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Polystichum munitum (Kaulf.) C. Presl
Western swordfern, Pineland sword fern, Western sword fern
Synonym(s): Polystichum munitum var. incisoserratum
USDA Symbol: pomu
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
, WA Canada: BC
, MB Native Distribution: CA
coast, n. to AK
& to n.w. MT Native Habitat:
Damp conifer woods below 2500 ft.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2009-03-25
Research By: TWC Staff