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ARACHNIODES aristata 'Variegata'

Image of Arachniodes aristata 'Variegata'

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

ARACHNIODES aristata 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Aristate Hollyfern, East Indian Hollyfern, Variegated East Indian Hollyfern

General Description

The variegated East Indian holly fern has magnificent tapering green fronds with prominent midribs glowing in a pale yellow. This evergreen fern is usually found in dry woodlands among rocks near the coast from India, southeastern Asia into Polynesia and New Zealand. The leaves are long, quite stiff as if made from plastic and arise from a creeping rhizome.

Grow this fern in a shady spot in a moist but well-drained soil. Cold winters may render the plant deciduous, with new fronds arising in spring. Once established, this fern can handle periods of dryness without detriment. Use this holly fern as an outdoor rockery plant or as a houseplant away from drying registers or heaters. Note that this fern is larger-growing than (and often confused with) the related Arachnoides simplicior 'Variegata' that is more popular for floral arrangements and houseplant use.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-30" / 30.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No