Plant ID forum: Please confirm that this is Pony Tail Fern

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 24, 2014 9:12 PM CST
The tag is old and part has fallen off but it does say that it's Pony Tail Fern. Is that true? Is that how it's listed on the Database?



Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Paul2032
Oct 24, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Asparagus densiflorus I think....commonly called asparagus fern here. Pony Tail may be another common name.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 24, 2014 9:37 PM CST
Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers')

I found one site for Ponytail Fern that has the cultivar name 'Meyersii'. It says "The ponytail fern (Asparagus densiflorus "Meyersii"), often called foxtail or cat-tail fern, is actually a member of the lily family. "
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/caring-ponytail-fern-29107.html
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Oct 24, 2014 10:03 PM CST
I appreciate the help.

Here's the part that does not apply to the plant I have: The plant's thorny, tapered stems...

I am used to the thorny stems of asparagus fern but this doesn't have that feature.

Perhaps Jay's ID is perfect!
http://www.indoor-gardener.com/foxtail-ferns.html
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 24, 2014 10:04 PM CST
Thanks, Paul and Jay!
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 24, 2014 10:10 PM CST
That is the exact link I was copying for you Arlene. Smiling

http://www.indoor-gardener.com/foxtail-ferns.html
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Oct 25, 2014 6:58 AM CST
I know it as 'Meyersii', but usually hear it called 'Fox Tail Fern'. Heard a lady from Houston call it 'Bottle Brush Fern'. Unlike the other Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri', it does not have the nasty little thorny spines on the stems.

A photo of Meyersii:
Thumb of 2014-10-25/needrain/482e12

For comparison, here's a photo of Sprengeri which does have the spiny stems:
Thumb of 2014-10-25/needrain/830eb2

Donald
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 25, 2014 7:29 AM CST
Thanks, Jean!

Donald - thanks for the photos and the ID help. I remember the typical asparagus fern from the 70's and those nasty thorns.

I will enter it as the Foxtail Fern and next year I'll give it more light and re-pot it.

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