Asparagus Fern (setaceus)

Asparagus Fern (setaceus)

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Asparagus Fern (setaceus)

  • 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.
  • Asparagus ferns should be planted in loose, well-draining soil.
  • Feed asparagus fern with liquid or water-soluble all-purpose plant food diluted to 1/2 strength.
  • During summer, the plant may need weekly feedings; otherwise, feed monthly.
  • The asparagus fern thrives in dappled shade, although it can be acclimated to more light. 
  • 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.

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