• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:as-PA-rag-us dens-i-FLO-rus
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:12 - 28
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Design IdeasThis popular mounding ground cover grows fast, its evergreen branches arching as it spreads. So frequently used that it is often overlooked until its bright red berries appear. Provide rich contrast to its needle-like leaves by planting dark-green, broad-leafed plants adjacent in a small garden. In a hanging basket or container, include a bright flowering plant or one that is taller and straighter to balance the form.
    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.
    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 to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is not a fern at all but a member of the edible asparagus group. Named from the early Greek for these edible plants, there are up to 300 species in the genus, and all are native to the Old World. This species originates in the Cape of Good Hope region of South Africa. German botanist Kunth classified it. Regel named it for Italian nurseryman Karl Sprenger who did much work early on with the new introductions.
    Lore:
    Though it is called a fern, this plant is not related in any way to that spore-bearing primitive group.