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Asparagus declinatus - Bridal Veil Asparagus
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [A. crispus]
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Asparagus declinatus (Bridal veil) - A delicate low-growing plant to about 1 foot wide with fine-textured deep soft-green needle-shaped leaves that densely cover slightly-zigzagging slender stems that arch upward then cascade downward. In late spring into summer appear small white drooping flowers that are followed by little spherical berries that turn from green to whitish. Plant in cool coastal sun to pretty deep shade and water occasionally to very little. Hardy to most frosts - was not fazed by temperatures down to 25 F in the winter of 2007 and can go deciduous with color temperatures and sprout back up from the base. The is a fairly drought tolerant plant in the shade and unlike many other asparagus ferns, this species does not have thorns and is actually soft to the touch. It will climb up a short ways on objects but without support makes a dense fine textured arching groundcover or is great as a small container specimen and its foliage makes a nice filler in flower arrangements. It is native to forests of the Western Cape of South Africa where it is an understory to shrubs in the fynbos or coastal scrub or on rocky outcroppings. We have had this plant for many years and have never had it reseed in the nursery or garden but it has naturalised in some parts of southern Australia. The name for the genus seems to be from the original Greek word 'asparagos' that was given to the cultivated asparagus and the specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'declino' meaning "to turn aside" or "to turn away" likely in reference to the way this plant arches outward. Our plants from Aloe hybridizer John Bleck.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Asparagus declinatus.