Polystichum munitum

Western Sword Fern

Evergreen Fern, Groundcover

Our native sword fern, Polystichum munitum is a lovely, easy care, groundcover in woodland settings.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low


Size: 24 - 36 tall x 24 - 36 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping, Mounding, Rounded
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Native Plant, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Green

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Erosion Control, Groundcover, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deep Shade, Deer Resistant, Dry Shade, Low Water / No Water, Tough / Fool-Proof, Winter Wet / Summer Dry
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos