Common Asparagus Fern
Also known as
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Common Asparagus Fern Overview
Asparagus setaceus is a bushy, tuberous, perennial vine species which strongly resembles a fern, but is not technically one! Grown for the foliage over the flowers. Flowers are small, delicate and white, followed by purple berries. It resides in the Asparagaceae family and has tough twining stems, capable of growing several metres tall. It is also known by the names Common Asparagus Fern, Lace Fern and Climbing Asparagus, amongst others. Originally from South and East Africa, this plant prefers tropical and warmer temperate regions where it grows happily in rainforests, damp open woodlands and disturbed sites alongside roads. It can happily be grown as a house/indoor plant for its attractive fern-like foliage, however it requires ample humidity, so place in a bathroom or kitchen for optimal growth. Asparagus setaceus has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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How to harvest Common Asparagus Fern
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Common Asparagus Fern
Sow seeds in autumn or early spring, keep at 16C (61F)
Divide in early spring.
Special features of Common Asparagus Fern
Can be used to provide green architecture in Conservatories, Offices or well lit rooms.
In warmer regions it can be grown in containers for outdoor patios.
Other uses of Common Asparagus Fern
Grown for their foliage.