• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering 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.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:as-PA-rag-us dens-i-FLO-rus
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:12 - 28
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderately growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleContemporary, Tropical
    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, 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:
    <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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.

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