Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

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Pot Measurement : 11.5cm(Ø) x 9cm(H)

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Asparagus setaceus, commonly known as common asparagus fern, lace fern, climbing asparagus, or ferny asparagus, is a climbing plant in the genus Asparagus.

  • Despite its common name, the plant is not a true fern, but has leaves that resemble one.
    Asparagus setaceus is a scrambling perennial herb with tough green stems, which may reach several meters in length.
  • The leaves are actually leaf-like cladodes up to 7 mm long by 0.1 mm in diameter, which arise in clumps of up to 15 from the stem, making a fine, soft green fern-like foliage.
  • The asparagus will have tiny greenish-white bell-shaped flowers and followed by small green berries, which blacken with maturity.

Light and Temperature

The asparagus fern thrives in dappled shade, although it can be acclimated to more light. 


Asparagus ferns should be planted in loose, well-draining soil.


Keeping an asparagus fern hydrated takes a little effort. If the plant appears to be turning brown and droopy, it likely needs more water in the soil.


Like many ferns, this variety doesn’t mind being slightly pot-bound and can go up to two years before re-potting. For the most successful re-potting, divide the plant into big clumps, and be sure to take multiple underground roots when dividing. Place the divided plants into similar sized pots to retain the tight growth habit. Asparagus ferns do not need large pots, as they are slow indoor spreaders. 


When this plant is content in its location, it can produce small flowers and berries. These berries can be planted and will propagate the plant. In warm, humid climates, this fern can spread rapidly when planted outdoors. In Florida and Hawaii, asparagus fern has been declared a weed because of its invasive nature.


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