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Asparagus Fern (Sprengeri)

Asparagus Fern (Sprengeri)
Asparagus Fern (Sprengeri) Asparagus Fern (Sprengeri) Asparagus Fern (Sprengeri)
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'
Features A very popular evergreen with delicate, bright green or yellow green, needle-like leaves. Tiny thorns present despite soft appearance of plant. Small waxy white flowers are scattered throughout plant.
Exposure Part sun to part shade
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 9-11
Mature Size 2-3' Tall, 3-4' Wide
Genus Description Asparagus is a genus of about 300 species of evergreen and deciduous perennials, climbers, and subshrubs from sandy and coastal sites in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They usually have spindle-shaped tubers or tuber-like rootstocks. Arching and spreading or climbing stems bear scale¬-like true leaves and more prominent leaf-like stems, which in some species have straight or curved spines. Where not hardy, they should be grown as houseplants or in a cool or temperate greenhouse. In frost-free climates, they can be grown in a border, or train climbers on a trellis. The foliage is useful for floral arrangements. Densiflorus species are evergreen, arching, tuberous perennial with feathery, linear, leaf-like, light green stems, to ½ in long. In summer, they bear axillary racemes of small white flowers, followed by bright red berries.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix in bright filtered light, with shade from hot sun. Water freely from early spring to mid-autumn, applying a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water more sparingly in winter. Pot on in spring. Provide support for climbers. Outdoors, grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site in partial shade.
Pests and Diseases Fusarium crown rot and Helminthosporium and Cercospora leaf spots are common. Rust, anthracnose, and canker occur. Slugs, spider mites, and aphids can also occur.

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