Sword Fern can withstand heavy winters and frost; this fern does well grown in places with heavy winters. It can grow all over North America and even into Alaska. It is most popular in the western part of North America, however. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, it’s a massive fern. Sword Fern also called Polystichum. Hardy planting zones are 3-9. This fern is a bright emerald green that catches the eye.
This fern has long, large fronds that are shaped like swords. The fronds are dark green and will grow to about one and a half to six feet tall. They will grow in a tight clump and then spread out from a round base. The fronds are single pinnate fronds and alternate on the stem of the plant. The ends of the leaves are serrated and have bristly tips. Each frond can expected to survive for one and half to two and a half years. Even after withering, it will stay on the rhizome. They also have sori that are round and will be arranged in two rows on both sides of the midrib of each pinna. The spores this plant produces are a light yellow color. The fronds are pointed at the ends or tips. They are hardy and can tolerate dry spells with lots of heat. It can grow up to 4 feet per year. This fern is an eye catcher and brings beauty to one’s home or yard. Plant this as a statement piece.
Ships As – Bareroot Plant