Arachniodes simplicor ‘Variegata’

Variegated Eastern Holly Fern, Variegated Shield Fern

(4 customer reviews)

From £7.95

Native to woodland streams, cliff crevices and forested areas in Japan and China. The genus gets its name from the Greek ‘arachne’, meaning spider, because of its spider-like clusters of spore capsules.

This fern is rare in cultivation and certainly a must-have for the fern enthusiast.

Origin: China to Korea, Japan
Genus: Arachniodes
Species / Cultivar: simplicor 'Variegata'
Common Name: Variegated Eastern Holly Fern, Variegated Shield Fern
Synonym: Arachnoides aristata 'Variegata'

Plant Biography

Known as the ‘Variegated Eastern Holly Fern’, Arachnoides simplicior ‘Variegata’ is an extremely hardy dark green fern, with tough and waxy textured fronds arranged into airy slender fingers.

Pale central stipes run along the length of each leaflet, giving this fern bright, and in the fern world, rare variegation.

Arachniodes simplicor ‘Variegata’
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.

Expert Tip

The pale lime green variegation on the fronds, unusual for a fern, makes it a great choice to add brightness to a woodland garden or shaded border.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Arachnoides simplicior ‘Variegata’ is extremely hardy, but late to get going in Spring, often producing new growth around June. Around when new growth begins, it’s best to start guarding against slugs and snails.

Gorgeous glossy leaves with striking yellow stripe in the middle, really stands out. Arrived in mint condition, delivered super-fast!

Dushan S.

Gorgeous glossy leaves with striking yellow stripe in the middle, really stands out. Arrived in mint condition, delivered super-fast!

4 customer reviews for Arachniodes simplicor ‘Variegata’

Plants well wrapped and arrived in great condition. Very happy and will use the Palm Centre again with confidence.

Dean M. (verified owner)

My fern arrived safely and well packaged. It didnt seem to suffer in transit as some plants sadly do (like with a company that rhymes with buttons). APC, your chosen courier, handled the quick delivery really well. I will certainly buy other ferns from The Palm Centre in the future. Well done!

Alan F.

Really lovely unique plant that definitely stands out. Unusually glossy foliage for a fern. Arrived in beautifully condition.

Dushan Stojadinovic

Gorgeous glossy leaves with striking yellow stripe in the middle, really stands out. Arrived in mint condition, delivered super-fast!

Dushan S.