Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata'

Arachniodes simplicior ‘Variegata’

Japanese fern

  • Botanical name: Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata'
  • Common name: Japanese fern
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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Sometimes called Japanese fern or holly fern, Arachniodes simplicior ‘Variegata’ is a fabulous evergreen fern, bearing hard, glossy fronds with a distinctive yellow stripe down the middle. It’s perfect for growing in a woodland or shady border, and associates well with other ferns and shade-loving perennials.


Arachniodes simplicior ‘Variegata’ is hardy is most parts of Britain but might need protection in northern regions – it also makes an interesting houseplant. Grow in moist, neutral to acidic soil in partial shade.

How to grow Arachniodes 'Variegata'

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

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Arachniodes 'Variegata' and wildlife

Arachniodes 'Variegata' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Arachniodes 'Variegata' poisonous?

Arachniodes 'Variegata' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Arachniodes 'Variegata'