Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers')

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Asparagus 'Meyersii'
Asparagus Myersii
Asparagus Meyeri

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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2017-03-07
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-08-31
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2019-01-17
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Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, TxDate: 2014-05-19
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-09-05Second season. Lives in semi-outdoor atrium year round.
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Location: Jacksonville, FloridaDate: 2009-08-29
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Location: Suburban Denver, ColoradoDate: 2012-06-17The bloom on my Foxtail Fern
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Date: 2014-01-28
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Location: In our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2017-07-12 - Summerfirst time blooms from our foxtail fern
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-08-31
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2019-01-17
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Date: 2012-12-29
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Date: 2013-04-29
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Date: 2013-10-16
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Date: 2014-01-28
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Date: 2014-01-28
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Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, TxDate: 2014-05-19
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2014-10-20Coming in for the winter.
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2014-10-20
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2014-10-20
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2014-10-20Clearly in need of some TLC, re-potting, more light and food!
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Date: 2015-02-24
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Location: Pismo Beach CADate: 2018-01-28
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Date: 2015-02-24
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Location: In my garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2016-11-07- Fall seasonMy newly repotted foxtail fern
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Location: In our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 07Nov2016- Fall SeasonRoots of foxtail fern as seen during repotting time
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Posted by terrafirma (NE. FL. - Zone 9a) on Aug 22, 2014 12:12 PM

Most of the ornamental asparagus varieties attain the greenest leaves in partial sun/shade, and the Myers is no exception. In fact, this plant will yellow in dense shade. It needs a very well drained soil. Adding peat or bark to the mix is a plus. These plants can survive periods of neglect because they have very fleshy roots, but they will really do best with regular watering. They will also perform best with a balanced fertilizer in the spring, and I've found that they do much better for me in containers. They have very dense needle-like leaves on stiff stems reaching about 2 ft. They will survive a light frost, but severe cold may kill them back to the ground.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jul 20, 2018 9:24 AM

I collected red to black seeds in March 2018 from plants in my daughter's yard. After they completely dried up for 3 months, I sowed 12 seeds on June 22. It's July 20 and today I found a 2" sprout and 2 more breaking through the soil. This happened overnight as I've checked daily, anticipating sprouts any day. I'm thrilled to have babies of this nice plant that does very well year around here in zone 9. I will report more progress in a month.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Oct 21, 2018 12:57 PM

I am enjoying watching young plants I started from seeds this spring. I collected the seeds late last fall when I saw the earlier green pea-size pods had turned black in our Taco Bell flower bed. I let them dry completely over winter indoors. They had shrunk to 1/2 the original size and were hard when I soaked them overnight and planted them in April 2018. By June 1st I started getting sprouts. It's mid Oct. and they are 3 to 4" tall.

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Plant Events from our members
tarev On November 7, 2016 Potted up
repotted and positioned near northeast side of the garden, closer to the house, in shady side
tarev On November 6, 2016 Obtained plant
Purchased from Alden Lane Nursery-Livermore, CA
markcee On May 18, 2018 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Nice photo! by flaflwrgrl Jun 2, 2015 9:08 PM 3
Suggestion for shaded planter box by shinyonne May 28, 2020 6:35 PM 8
what plant is this? by mjmazza0427 Nov 11, 2017 3:23 PM 6
Is this foxtail fern by Kathy547 Aug 13, 2017 4:56 PM 2
A place for pics of new plants. by purpleinopp Dec 9, 2016 4:30 PM 45
Please confirm that this is Pony Tail Fern by pirl Oct 25, 2014 7:29 AM 7
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