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A semi-evergreen fern with a distinctive yellow midrib that stands out against the deep green, triangular shaped leaflets.
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In spite of its botanical name, Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata' has nothing to do with spiders. Its friendlier common name of East Indian Holly Fern is also a bit misleading, so just remember Variegated Holly Fern, named for the distinctive yellow midrib of each deep green, heavily dissected frond. An upright mound of these shiny attractive fronds can grow one to two feet tall and possibly three feet wide, adding an unusual color and texture to shade gardens. Plant in borders with other shade loving perennials or add to container planters or hanging baskets as a contrasting texture to summer blooming annuals. The operative word here is "shade," as Variegated Holly Fern can tolerate full shade to all-day dappled shade. Listed as semi-evergreen for the Pacific NW, it may get a bit weary looking at the coldest time of the year, but it will revive as the weather warms.
|Common Name||East Indian Holly Fern, Variegated Holly Fern|
|Mature Size||18" - 24" tall, 18" - 36" wide|
|Cold Hardiness||0 ° F|
|Characteristics||Semi-evergreen, deer- and rabbit-resistant|
|Light||Shade to filtered shade|
|Uses||Shade gardens, woodland gardens, container planters, borders, mass plantings, hanging baskets|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|