Sword fern

Polystichum munitum

Sword fern - Polystichum munitum

Common Name: Sword fern
Genus: Polystichum
Species: munitum

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Lustrous dark green fronds up to 90cm (36in) long arranged in a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. This evergreen fern is aptly named since the substantial fronds resemble large swords. Perfect for providing all year foliage interest for a mixed border in full or partial shade, it performs best in fertile, humus-rich well-drained soil.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole
  • Goes well with: Sarcococca confusa, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Polygonatum odoratum, Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum', Ruscus aculeatus, Hosta 'Big Daddy'.

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