Asparagus aethiopicus L.

Emerald Fern

Trailing branched perennial woody sub-shrub to 1 m with tuberous roots from a short rhizome. Inflorescence an axillary raceme. Cladodes broadly-linear, curved, 5-15 mm long, 1 nerved, 1-3 per node. Flowers numerous, bisexual, widely opening, 5 mm wide.Tepals white, anthers orange. Fruit bright red. Spring summer. Syn. A. densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop and Protasparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Oberm. (in error, see P.S. Green (1986), A. sprengeri Regel, A. meyeri invalid.

S Africa.

Widely grown in gardens as an ornamental in hanging baskets and as a ground cover on embankments. Can become invasive and a weed.

SPRENGERI GROUP Widely cultivated, 3 cladodes per node.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Asparagaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Asparagus aethiopicus 'Compactus'

A compact form. ['Nanus']

Asparagus aethiopicus 'Myersii'

Foxtail Fern, erect, densely compact shoots forming more or less cylindrical columns.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
genus        Asparagus L.