Polystichum xiphophyllum

Epithet means "swordlike leaves."

Evergreen, 1V2 ft. (45 cm). Zones (6) 7 and 8. Apogamous.

description: The rhizome is erect. Stipes are grooved, dark-scaled, and one-fourth of the frond length. The lanceolate

once-pinnate blades with 20 to 25 pairs of pinnae have a silvery green patina. The detached auricle is prominent and gives the pinnae an upward-running tail adjacent to the rachis. Sori with peltate indusia are medial.

range and habitat: This is a rare species from China, Taiwan, and India. References do not define habitats, but based on successful introductions in Pacific Northwest gardens, I recommend light shade and humus.

culture and comments: Polystichum xiphophyllum is a lovely low-growing ornamental with a simple horizontal foliar presentation. use it as a unifying ground cover under shade-loving floral uprights.

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