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Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’

Asparagus fern

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  • Mature Height: 2’-3’
  • Mature Width: 3’-4’
  • Light Requirements: Part shade
  • Water Requirements: Medium
  • Hardiness Zones: , ,

While it’s actually a member of the Asparagus family, this particularly tough foliage plant is commonly referred to as asparagus fern. In USDA zones 9-11 asparagus fern is a hardy perennial that can be planted directly into landscapes or containers. In cooler climates, plants are excellent container specimens that can double as house plants during winter months. Plants have finely textured foliage that grows in clusters in a weeping form. Leaves offer up a bright green color that contrasts nicely with darker foliaged plants. Plants produce tiny white flowers sporadically throughout the year, which are followed by bright red berries. The fruit attracts birds to the garden. Plants look their best when grown in a loose, rich soil with consistent moisture. Place in locations with shade or light sun. Foliage can fade to yellow when exposed to too much direct hot sunlight. In tropical areas, plants can spread assertively by seed and so may be better suited to containers to limit their spread. Tip prune to keep plants dense; or cut stems back to the crown if they become leggy.

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