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City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month
Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew

Why Go Native?

Arbor Day Pat with Kids
  Arborist Pat Hoff teaches about Native Trees
Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard.  Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality.  Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years.  To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors.  Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.

Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month: Sword Fern

Common Name: Sword Fern

Binomial Name: Polystichum munitum
Soil Type: rich, well-drained soil
Sunlight: partial to full shade
Form:  upright and spreading
Foliage: evergreen
Fruit/Flower: none

Sword ferns in any Pacific Northwest forest understory as they do best in shady conditions. Found in zones from California to Alaska these hardy plants are easy to grow and take little to no maintenance (Removing dead fronds is the only upkeep really needed). Named sword Fern because of the dagger shaped leaflets and upright growth. The sword fern can reach up to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide in the right conditions and may get as many as 100 fronds from the base. This plant does nicely in shady flower beds and in woodland settings, pretty much anywhere it can get proper shading and good drainage.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!

Past Native plants of the month: