Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'Item #0315 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
This unusual perennial adds textural contrast to beds and borders. Long, upright, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Develops red ornamental berries in fall. An excellent choice for hanging baskets and containers. Semi-evergreen in mild winter regions; use in containers and overwinter indoors in cold winter regions.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderately growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:as-PA-rag-us dens-i-FLO-rusPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:12 - 28Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderately growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Light GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThe Pony Tail Fern's stems, with their many soft, needle-like leaves, point upwards in thick, hair-like branches. Truly a unique plant to be used sparingly in a garden. Whimsical in a hanging basket or border. In a perennial border, could be planted behind flowering groundcover. Non-hardy.Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Cordyline (Cordyline); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Plumbago (Plumbago)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Avoid harsh, hot afternoon sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular moisture, but tolerates mild drought. For a tidy appearance, remove old, faded stems. Tolerates mild frost.Pruning time: fall.Light Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Asparagus densiflorus is a perennial herb native to the coastal areas along the southeastern Cape of South Africa. The genus Asparagus was first recorded in 1686. It is considered toxic to domestic cats.