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Polystichum munitum

Sword fern

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (26620)

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this choice evergreen fern from North-West USA forms shuttlecocks of dark green fronds. It is enjoys a shady, moist spot in the garden. Protect the crowns from excessive winter wet.

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Genus: Polystichum

Species: munitum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 120cm

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