Asparagus Fern

Asparagus plumosus

Dainty and decorative, the beautiful asparagus fern is native to the forests of South Africa.

Asparagus ferns can grow in shady spaces or indirect light, just keep them out of direct sunlight as this can be too harsh for their delicate leaves. Water and mist when the top inch or so of soil is dry, but try not to touch its leaves too much - this is a fragile species that is best left alone.

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Key Facts

  • Origin
    South Africa

    Low to medium indirect light

    When top soil feels dry

    Ideal temperature

    Did you know?
    The asparagus fern actually isn’t a fern!

Plant Bio

Surprisingly, although we call it a fern, this plant is not really a fern at all. Rather, it’s a member of the flowering liliaceae family and can occasionally grow small flowers and berries. In the wild it grows in the shadow of other plants, meaning that like other ferns it’s very happy in moderate shade.

Similarly, although it has the word ‘asparagus’ in its name, it has little to do with its vegetable namesake – apart from both being green and a little spiky! Rather the plant was so named as its feathery fronds bear some resemblance to the top of asparagus spears.

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