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 shade to 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:Prized for foliage.Flower color:WhiteGarden styleContemporaryDesign 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, 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:Partial shade to 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.