East Indian Holly Fern
Also known as
Simplicior Holly Fern, Variegated East Indian Holly Fern, Varigated Shield Fern., Simpler East Indian Holly Fern, Simpler Hollyfern
Starr 070906-8748 Arachniodes simplicior by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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East Indian Holly Fern Overview
Arachniodes simplicior is a tender to half-hardy, slow-growing, evergreen fern. With thick, glossy, broadly triangular, dark green fronds, they have prominent yellow or grey stripes down the centre of each segment. Also known as East Indian Holly Fern, it is also occasionally sold with the synonym name Arachnoides aristata 'Variegata' and is native to Japan and China. This attractive plant forms clumps and grows in partial shade, making it a good choice to grow under shrubs and roses. An easy to grow plant, this fern can die back in cold exposed locations, mulching in autumn with a dry mulch of shredded bark, leaf mould or evergreen needles to help provide winter protection.
Common problems with East Indian Holly Fern
Generally pest & disease free
How to harvest East Indian Holly Fern
Generally not harvested
How to propagate East Indian Holly Fern
Lift and divide clumps in mid-spring or autumn.
Special features of East Indian Holly Fern
Other uses of East Indian Holly Fern
This plant suits being used in planting schemes for low maintenance areas, informal and cottage gardens flower beds and borders. Ferns have been given OPALS ratings between 3 and 6. These spore-bearing plants can cause cross-allergic reactions, larger or hanging ferns being more problematic. They should be used in small quantities in a low allergen planting scheme.