Answer: If you are referring to the Samurai Sword Painted Fern on page 20 of the Burpee catalog, I don't think it will thrive in your climate. The southern end of it's range is USDA zone 8, and you are in the heart of zone 9, and it looks pretty dry down your way, too. If you have a very shady, moist nook with a deep, humusy soil, the other ferns on the same page would be a better bet. But at least half the fun of gardening is in the experimentation, so you may want to give it a try. Let us know if it works out for you!
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