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Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Contact with skin may cause an allergic reaction; fruits are poisonous

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

plume asparagus

Family

Asparagaceae


Asparagus can be evergreen or deciduous perennials or subshrubs, sometimes climbing, with tuberous rootstock. Stems bear both inconspicuous scale-like leaves and larger, leaf-like phylloclades, with small white or pinkish flowers followed by red berries

'Myersii' is a compact, tuberous evergreen perennial to 50cm, with erect to arching stems bearing fine, plume-like foliage, and occasionally, insignificant white flowers followed by red berries

Other common names

  • foxtail fern

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in frost-free enviroment. The foliage is useful in floral arrangements

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cut Flowers, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Wall-side Borders or Drought Resistant


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs, tortrix moth and scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free