Definition of sword fern in English:

sword fern

Syllabification: sword fern


  • A fern with long slender fronds.
    • Genera Polystichum and Nephrolepis, family Dryopteridaceae: several species, including the North American P. munitum and the tropical N. exaltata
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    • Some had fronds (fresh and/or dried) of sword fern woven into the structure.
    • Thanks to a cool, moist climate, magnificent stands of sword fern grow in great sweeps on forest floors and form delicate tufts of green lace on rocky cliffs.
    • For dry shade, consider bush anemone, Pacific Coast iris, or Western sword fern.

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