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Indian Holly Fern Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata'

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
a-rack-nee-OY-dees sim-PLIH-see-or vay-ree-eh-GAY-ta
Description

Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata' is an evergreen fern with short, creeping rhizomes.  Genus name comes from the Greek word arachne meaning a spider in reference to the spidery aspect of the clusters of spore capsules.  Specific epithet from Latin mean simple or unbranched.  ‘Variegata’ is a variegated form which features glossy, lime green fronds with deeply divided subdivisions, showcased by a showy soft yellow stripe down the midrib of each pinnule (lance-shaped leaflet).

This plant remains erect well into the winter but is slow to begin new growth in spring.  Grow in part to full shade in moist, acidic, and well-drained soil. 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#partial shade#acidic soil#shade tolerant#full shade#fronds#variegated foliage#fern#rabbit resistant#wet sites#moist soil#well-drained soil#dappled sunlight
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#partial shade#acidic soil#shade tolerant#full shade#fronds#variegated foliage#fern#rabbit resistant#wet sites#moist soil#well-drained soil#dappled sunlight
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Arachniodes
    Species:
    simplicior
    Family:
    Dryopteridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Tolerates wet soil and shade. Rarely damaged by rabbits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves have dark green, wavy segments with a yellow-green band running along the pinna axis. The blade is bipinnate; plastic-like texture. This ‘Variegata’ is a variegated form which features glossy, lime green fronds with deeply divided subdivisions, showcased by a showy soft yellow stripe down the midrib of each pinnule (lance-shaped leaflet).
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heavy Shade
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil