Asparagus densiflorus - Foxtail Fern
Common Names: Asparagus Fern, Emerald Feather, Lace Fern, Plumosa Fern, Racemose Asparagus, Shatavari, Sprengeri Fern, Foxtail Fern, Cat’s Tail Asparagus, Myer’s Asparagus
Origin: South Africa
Light: Bright, filtered
Foot Candles: 175 - 225
Water: Evenly moist
Humidity: 30% - 60%
Temperature: 14°C - 28°C
Soil: Regular potting mix
Container: Self-watering planter
Nutrients: 10-10-10 Monthly
Propagation: Seed, division, or tubers
Interiorscape Use: Filler plant, desktop planter
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Lack of light will cause stretching and plant will lose the bushy appearance. Direct sun will crisp the leaves.
Comments: Despite its common names, this plant is not a fern, but actually a type of decorative asparagus. The root system has been known to break pots if left root-bound for too long. If proper conditions are met, small white bell flowers appear, followed by small red fruit.
Toxicity: Fruit is not edible and will cause stomach aches.