African Asparagus Fern (Asparagus asparagoides)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 8 to 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small globular green berries, maturing to red; each containing up to 4 shiny, black seeds.
Fruiting Time: Late winter or early spring
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by pniksch (Rockwall, TX - Zone 8a) on Jun 8, 2013 3:11 PM

Great accent 'spiller' and 'filler' when grouped with other plants.

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Posted by wcgypsy (Northern California) on Oct 29, 2011 12:28 PM

This plant is considered to be an invasive. It forms tough, prickly mats of roots. On the plus side, though it's very tough, it's very delicate looking and when in bloom, the many small greenish-white flowers carry the scent of orris root, or violets. Flowers are followed by berries, green, then turning red. It will climb almost anything. Prefers shade. Though it's an invasive, I allow it to grow on my property...for it's looks, for it's scent and for using the wiry stems in bouquets.

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