Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Trifid Sword Fern
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Polystichum
Item #: 6947
Zones: 5a to 8b, possibly colder
Height: 20" tall
Origin: China, Japan, Korea
This is one of our most requested ferns and unfortunately one that is always in short supply. P. tripteron is a robust grower that hails from moist mountain woodlands in China, Japan, and Korea. In the garden, P. tripteron forms a very attractive, 2' wide, deciduous clump of medium green fronds. The basal pair of pinnae (fern leaflets) got carried away and grew much longer than the other pinnae resulting in unusual fronds that look like wings on a green airplane...much easier to visualize after a couple of drinks.