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Arachniodes simplicior (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)
Arachniodes simplicior (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

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Arachniodes simplicior


This fern from Japan and China is sometimes referred to as holly fern. It is usually seen in its variety ­‘Variegata’, growing 10–18 in. tall and nearly twice as wide. The fronds are broadly triangular, and once-divided, the divisions deeply cut. Each division is marked by a yellow stripe along its full length. Evergreen where winters are warm; deciduous in frosty regions.

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