Monday, May 18, 2009

Plant of the Week: Western Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum is one tough dude. It's earned the plant of the week title because it survived being planted on the hottest day yet this year without breaking a sweat or going weak at the knees. Plus, it's got the cutest yellow spores!

This little evergreen does well in a shade/part shade situation, especially if it's facing north or east.

Soil: medium
Sun: not too much now
Water: once a week until established (2 years or so) and every once in while after that.
Height: about 3'
Plant: ideally in the fall before the rains come
Buy it: Super Long's probably has it, also Yerba Buena Nursery if you're hankering for a road trip.
Good for: adding a bit of greenery to your native shade garden when the winter doldrums have kicked into high gear. Looks great with heuchera micrantha!

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