Araiostegia parvipinnata

Araiostegia parvipinnata

Asian hares-foot fern

  • Botanical name: Araiostegia parvipinnata
  • Common name: Asian hares-foot fern
  • Family: Davalliaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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Asian hares-foot fern, Araiostegia parvipinnata is a particularly attractive fern, native to the alpine forests of Japan. 


Hardy, it has fine, deciduous foliage but it’s real feature is its brown hairy rhizomes, similar to hares’ feet, which creep above ground or over the side of a pot. It’s perfect  for growing at the front of a border, near a path, or in a raised bed, and is especially striking in a container. 


For best results grow Araiostegia parvipinnata in well-drained, gritty, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Protect from winter wet. Water sparingly.

How to grow Araiostegia parvipinnata

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

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Araiostegia parvipinnata and wildlife

Araiostegia parvipinnata has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Araiostegia parvipinnata poisonous?

Araiostegia parvipinnata 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 Araiostegia parvipinnata


Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley