Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)

Common Name: “Asparagus Fern”

Note: Despite its common name and fern-like appearance, this plant is not a true fern. In addition, “Asparagus Fern” is a common name that refers to multiple plants. Check out my post, Common Name Confusion, for clarification.

Scientific Classification:
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Asparagus
Species: A. plumosus

Note: Synonymous with Asparagus setaceus.

Native To: South Africa

Growing Specs:

  • Appearance: Cascading perennial shrub with bright green, lacy foliage. Mounding growing habit. Although the leaves appear soft and fuzzy, they actually have thorny spurs.
  • Flowering: Tiny white flowers appear in spring. 
  • Hardiness: Hardy to about 25 degrees F.

Care Requirements: Prefers part shade. Likes moist but well-draining soil. This plant favors humidity. Try to keep it out of dry locations and mist the leaves to help keep the moisture levels high.

Propagation: By root division. Divide a portion of the tuberous rhizome from the main rootstock, place it in a small pot of moistened peat moss with a little bit of sand mixed in. Surround it with a plastic bag, and keep it warm in medium light until new roots develop.

Toxicity: Asparagus plumosus is safe for pets. Check out my Pet Safety Guide for more information.

Xylem Rising’s Observations: This plant is great as an outdoor ornamental, thriving in dappled shade. It’s pretty easy to take care of, but just keep it out of full sun. The tips of the leaves will start turning yellow and crisp up if it gets too much light.



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