Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'Item #0315 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
This unusual evergreen fern adds textural contrast to perennial beds and borders. Long, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Develops red berries in fall. An excellent choice for hanging baskets and containers.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Keep surface of soil moist, but not soggy.Average Landscape Size:Moderately upright growth, 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:as-PA-rag-us dens-i-FLO-rusPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:12 - 28Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderately upright growth, 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Light GreenBlooms:Spring, producing red berries in fall.Flower 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 PlantsPlant in a mixed border or container with delicate, cold tender perennials like Gardenia, Fumewort, and Anemone, or contrast the unique foliage shape and size with the flat, colorful foliage of Coral Bells, Foamy Bells and Elephant Ears.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: fall.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Keep surface of soil moist, but not soggy.
- 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.