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Asparagus plumosus

Common Name(s):
Asparagus fern
Categories:
Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

One of the fastest growing least demanding houseplants.  Asparagus ferns are not ferns at all, they belong to the Lily family.  They need bright indirect light, without full sun.  Insufficent light will result in yellow needles that drop.  They prefer rich, slightly acidic well-drained soil.  They produce large, tuberous roots that can become potbound quickly.  If pruning is necessary, cut stems all the way back to the root rather than just shortening them.

 

Insect and pest problems: they are prone to mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.

 

It has become weedy in some locations where it grows outdoors.  

Season:
evergreen, summer-fall bloom
Flower Color:
white
Hardiness:
tender
Foliage:
Plumosus comes from the Latin word "plume" because the leaves are feather-like. They produce soft, fine lime-green needle-like leaves that can cascade down a container on pendulous stems or can be trained up a trellis like a vine.
Flower:
Tiny white flowers appear late summer to fall and will occasionally result green berries that blacken at maturity.
Zones:
9 and warmer
Habit:
scrambling
Site:
They can be brought outside under the shade of a tree during the summer but prefer temperatures of around 70 degrees F.
Texture:
fine
Propagation:
root division
Exposure:
bright, indirect light
Soil:
rich, acidic, well drained
Origin:
South America
Growth Rate:
fast
Tags:
scrambling, fine leaves, houseplant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2901

Asparagus plumosus in a container Asparagus plumosus in container
Cliff, CC BY - 2.0
Asparagus plumosus habit Asparagus plumosus habit
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Asparagus plumosus frond Asparagus plumosus frond
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Asparagus plumosus stem Asparagus plumosus stem
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0