31 January 2011

Asparagus Fern - Macro Monday

Asparagus sprengeri
Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Asparagus (a-SPARE-uh-gus)
Species: densiflorus (den-see-FLOR-us)
Cultivar: Sprengeri

Hardiness:  Zones 9-11 (-6.6C  or 20F at the coldest)
Sun-partial shade, likes a moist soil and humid air.  Water regularly but do not allow water to sit at roots nor overwater.

Growing 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), asparagus sprengeri is often grown as a filler with annuals potted for summer display or as a houseplant.  Very nice when planted in a hanging basket.  Note:  some portions of this plant are toxic if ingested. Blooms mid-summer to summer with white or pale white blossoms, though mine has never bloomed.

Propogate from the rootball or from seed.  If propogating from the rootball, be aware and careful not to cause damage as roots become entangled.  Plant develops nodules resembling small potatoes on the roots.  To keep plant in check for maintenance of size, remove from pot, remove nodules and lightly trim roots.

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FlowerLady said...

Don't plant this in the ground, it spreads like crazy and is hard to get rid of. I hate the thorns on this plant. I saw this many years ago growing in an ally and brought some home. What a mistake. :-) It is pretty though.


Shirley said...

Flower Lady, I've heard that before about this plant. I wonder, though, if it's an issue here in zone 3? I'm sure our winters would kill it off. Thanks for visiting and for your comments! :)

Carolyn ♥ said...

I love asparagus fern in planters. Such a beautiful green.

Karen said...

The photo is so lovely and GREEN, something we are sorely lacking around here. Isn't it amazing how growing conditions change the hardiness (and peskiness) of a plant? Beautiful picture!

Kala said...

Lovely details and color in these images of the fern!

Rambling Woods said...

I think I have seen this, but didn't know what it was and now I do..thank you...Michelle

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is one of my favorite house plants! I always have good luck with it..and it's such a pretty color! ♥


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