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East Indian Holly Fern

Arachniodes simplicior

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)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








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

      Attractive leaves

      Ground cover

      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.