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Indian Holly Fern

Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata'

Bright, grassy green fronds are accented by a distinctive gold stripe down the midrib of each lance-shaped leaflet. Widely spaced leaflets create a lacy appearance. An excellent fern for woodland colonies and subtropical compositions. Spreads gently by creeping rhizomes to form a clump. Evergreen.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.


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Botanical Pronunciationa-rak-nee-OH-dees sim-PLIK-ee-or var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerately growing; reaches 18 in. tall, gently spreading 18 to 36 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Thrives in organically rich, acidic soils. Avoid harsh sun exposure. Provide shelter in colder northern gardens. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Fertilize periodically through growing season. Remove old faded fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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