Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Asparagus setaceus Accepted
Asparagus zanzibaricus Synonym
Asparagus lujae Synonym
Asparagus plumosus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 feet - 20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: black berries produced in clusters
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Groundcover
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Nov 30, 2012 11:22 AM

I've always known Asparagus setaceus as the "Lace Fern" because of the lacy appearance of the leaves. I grow this one as a houseplant in bright indirect light with a little morning sun. The Lace Fern looks great in a hanging basket or as a single specimen table top plant. I try to keep the soil moist, not saturated, but there have been times where it's been in drought-like situations because of my lack of care and it's still done well as long as I don't let it go for an extreme time without water.

Many may not know it, but this plant is actually not a true fern; it's a climbing, herbaceous vine-like plant that has leaves resembling a fern and in its natural habitat can attain heights of 15 to 20 feet. Asparagus setaceus is native to South Africa, but it's grown as an ornamental plant in many regions of the world and has become invasive in some locations where it has been introduced.

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Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Jul 4, 2014 11:26 PM

Beware the thorns - thin and sharp.

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