The Western Sword Fern is one of the most common ferns on the West Coast of North America, ranging from Alaska to California. It is a reliable, drought tolerant evergreen fern that does well in a variety of light conditions, from full shade to a significant amount of sun, so long as it is established. Its fronds are single pinnate, meaning they are divided once. Its fiddles are somewhat untidy in that they do not unfurl up the stem, they just seem to do it randomly. New growth is erect, but they begin to lay down as they get older. It can grow quite large, with the largest in the garden being about 4′ tall and wide.
Pronunciation: pol-IS-tick-um MUN-ee-tum
Species Meaning: Armed
Polystichum munitum is native to Western North America.
Cut back last years fronds before new growth starts in spring.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: N0003
These ferns were one of the primary understory plants when construction of the garden began. Many of them are being left in place.