asparagus fern, sprengeri fern, smilax, regal fern

Latin name: Asparagus densiflorus
Common name: asparagus fern, sprengeri fern, smilax, regal fern
Plant group:
Green plants
Plant family:
Asparagaceae
Climate:
Mediterranean climate
Minimal temperature: 8-10°C (46-50°F)
Optimal temperature: 21-25°C (69-77°F)
Recommended place:
bright, am or pm sunlight
Soil:
humus-peat-loosely
Plant form:
shrubby, bushy
Height: 50 cm (19.5 in.)
Flower color:
white
Repotting: every 36 months (3 years)
Rarity: no
Diseases:
Black Root Rot (Thielaviopsis basicola)
Origin territory:
Europe
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This evergreen arching perennial has feathery, needle-like, stems giving an open, loose appearance in growth. In summer the plant has small white flowers that are followed by bright red berries. The plant can grow 24 to 36 inches (60-85 cm) in height and to a width of 3 to 4 feet (90-120 cm). It will grow in sun or even fairly dense shade, however, it would prefer some shade to maintain a darker green colour leaf. Bright sun tends to wash out the colour leaving a more yellow plant.

 

Asparagus need good drainage. Move it to sunnier location if plant begins to thin. Fertilize in spring. Remove longest stems to maintain pleasing shape and cut out old shoots.

Eating of berries may cause gastrointestinal problems. Skin irritation with redness, swelling, and blisters following contact with sap.