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Asparagus Setaceous “Asparagus Fern”

Latin name

Asparagus setaceous


(“asp-ah-ra-GUS set-AY-she-ous”)

Common name



Southern and Eastern Africa.

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The Asparagus Fern, or Asparagus setaceous, is one of 215 species of asparagus that range from small ground cover plants to sizeable shrubs, and includes the culinary, or garden asparagus that is a popular vegetable.

A distinguishing feature of all Asparagus is the complete lack of leaves – these are reduced to tiny scales. The feathery foliage, that gives the plant is fern-like appearance (and common name), are called phylloclades and they are actually flattened branches that carry out the same function.

Asparagus setaceous is a fine example of an ornamental asparagus and has delicate foliage held almost horizontally from stiff, dark green stems. Under the right conditions, small white flowers are produced which may develop into deep purple berries (which are toxic).

The specific name, setaceous, means hairy, or bristly and is a good example of the scientific name being very descriptive.

Asparagus species are not ferns at all, and are actually most closely related to plants such as Dracaena and Agave.
All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Medium-high light.


Keep soil moist, but not wet and allow to dry out a little between watering.


Dead foliage can be removed by cutting back to the stem.


A weak solution of fertilizer can be added to the water at every watering.

Pest & Diseases

In dry atmospheres, two-spotted spider mites can be troublesome and difficult to control. They can be deterred by regular misting of the foliage with tepid water.

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CM22 6AA

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