• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Keep surface of soil moist, but not soggy.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderately upright growth, 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:as-PA-rag-us dens-i-FLO-rus
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:12 - 28
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderately upright growth, 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleContemporary
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, consistently moist, but well-drained soils. Avoid harsh, hot afternoon sun. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old and faded stems. Clumps may be divided every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: fall.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Keep surface of soil moist, but not soggy.
  • History & Lore
    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.