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FlowerPotNursery East Indian Holly Fern Arachniodes simplicior Variegata 4" Pot

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Arachniodes simplicior, the East Indian holly fern (from China and Japan!), is popular and unique in being one of the few “hardy” ferns with variegated foliage. Dark green shiny fronds are decorated with a creamy stripe down the middle of the pinnae as well as the midrib of the frond. This evergreen lustrous ornamental fern creeps about via an underground rhizome and sends up 1 to 2 foot fronds at periodic intervals; well-spaced when in full shade and clustered in the bright light which it enjoys. It is not fussy about soil types and stands out as a sparkly ornamental in all garden situations as well as indoors. Try sitting it in contrast and complement with pale greens in Zones 7 to 10.


Arachniodes is a fern genus in the family Dryopteridaceae (wood ferns). A number of species in this genus are known as "holly ferns".

The genus Arachniodes was first published by Carl Ludwig von Blume in 1828, with the single Indonesian species Arachniodes aspidioides. But the genus wasn't widely recognized until Mary Douglas Tindale transferred the two species Byrsopteris amabilis and Byrsopteris aristata into it in 1961.

Give credit where credit is due: Wikipedia 2020

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  • 5
    East Indian holly fern

    Posted by norman elder on Mar 2nd 2022

    great quality plants, quality packaging and fast delivery. I look forward to ordering again soon.

  • 5
    Holly Fern

    Posted by Mary Evans on May 20th 2021

    Arrived in 2 days and looking very good!

  • 5
    East Indian Holly fern

    Posted by Carol Francescani on May 17th 2021

    The fern arrived promptly and in good condition. Thank you.

  • 5
    East Indian Holly Fern

    Posted by Joe Tipton on Feb 17th 2021

    Very nice ferns. They were well packaged for shipment and arrived in great shape.

  • 5
    Healthy fern, fast ship!

    Posted by Leona Cosper on Jan 21st 2021

    Pots were well packaged and arrived in great condition. Really appreciate the short wait time from ordering to receiving the plants. Thank you!

  • 5
    Great plant!

    Posted by Linda King on Sep 13th 2020

    I have purchased and planted over seven of these ferns. The plants are healthy, they ship in a week and the price is fantastic! My yard looks. beautiful! Thanks!

  • 5

    Posted by Mary Evans on May 8th 2020

    The ferns came very quickly and was in great condition

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