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Western Sword Fern


Growth: Western Sword Fern grows up to 4.5 feet (1.5m) tall.

Habitat:  It is usually found in moist forests, but it is probably the most adaptable of all our ferns and can take a bit more sun than other ferns and some dry periods. Wetland designation: FACU, it usually occurs in non-wetlands but occasionally is found in wetlands.  Fronds partially unroll their “fiddleheads” by late May; by late July the spores are near maturity.

Use by wildlife:  Western Sword Fern is browsed by deer, elk, Black Bear and Mountain Beaver; frequently eaten by Roosevelt Elk on the Olympic Peninsula. The fronds may be used as nesting material for rodents.

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Polystichum munitum

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