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Asparagus densiflorus

Emerald fern

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.8m to 1m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite

Description

Asparagus densiflorus (Emerald fern). This evergreen species is an arching tuberous perennial. The leaves are linear and light green. In the summer axillary racemes of small white blooms are produced.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fern-like

Other common names

Asparagus fern

Origin

S.Africa

Interest and use

Can be used in a terraria.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are grown for their foliage or for food. Fully hardy to frost tender, min 10C. Grow them in partial shade or bright light, but not in direct sun, in any fertile well drained soil. Harvesting may start in late spring and may end in early summer.

Propagation

Divide in spring

Pests, diseases or disorders

Scale insects and greenfly may be a problem.

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