Plant ID forum: what plant is this?

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Johns Island, SC
mjmazza0427
Nov 10, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Please help me identify this.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 10, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Welcome!

Its an Asperagus Fern, called Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'). No, not really a fern. Yes, related to the vegetable we eat. If you see the new shoots coming out of the ground, they do look like miniature asperagus.
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terrafirma
Nov 10, 2017 8:13 PM CST
Hi and welcome! This appears to be... Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers')
Johns Island, SC
mjmazza0427
Nov 10, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Thank you!
Johns Island, SC
mjmazza0427
Nov 11, 2017 4:40 AM CST
Thanks again for the assistance. I have a follow up question. Should I be worried about this being planted in the ground in my flower bed? (other than winter possibly killing it... I am in southern South Carolina) I've seen some comments on the internet about an asparagus fern being poisonous to cats and dogs (I have 2 dogs) and also that it can be very invasive. Before I divide and replant this beautiful plant around my beds, are there any words of caution?

Thanks for your assistance!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Nov 11, 2017 2:12 PM CST
Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' is hardy down to 20 or 25 degrees. The berries of Asperagus Ferns are mildly toxic. And some Asperagus ferns are very invasive. This particular plant (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers') grows very few, if any berries.

If you start researching the plants in your yard, you will discover that most are mildly toxic - its a plant's defense system. If you eat it and it gives you a stomach ache, you won't eat it again. The plants that are safe we call 'vegetables' Smiling and even parts of some of them are toxic.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Johns Island, SC
mjmazza0427
Nov 11, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Thank You!

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