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Polystichum munitum ~ Western Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum is near it's Southern range limit in Southern California. The Western Sword Fern requires a moderately moist site with regular misting to survive the Summer in good form. Polystichum munitum is fairly drought tolerant if planted in the shade and does well creeping out from under sizeable rocks but may go Summer deciduous when times get tough. The Western Sword Fern grows 1-2 feet in our area and needs reasonably well drained sites. The Western Sword Fern is quite frost tolerant

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Polystichum munitum, Western Sword Fern