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Products > Asparagus virgatus
 
Asparagus virgatus - African Broom Fern
  
Working on getting this plant back in the field but it is currently not available listing for information only!

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asparagaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Asparagus virgata (African Broom Fern) An upright evergreen perennial to 3 feet tall by about 2 feet wide with airy nearly vertical stems holding tiny soft thread-like leaves arranged like a wispy broom at the stem tips. Tiny white late spring and summer flowers are followed in late summer by attractive globose red fruit dangling on slender peduncles - older fruit darkens to near black. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate regularly to only occasionally. It is winter hardy down to at least 5 to 10 F and useful in gardens in USDA Zone 7b and above. This plant is attractive with an unusual fine texture and has great garden performance. Its cut foliage, with or without the fruit is long lasting in floral arrangements. This plant comes from South Eastern Africa where it typically grows along shaded waterways so it is surprising how drought tolerant this plant is. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'virga' meaning a "twig" , "sprout" or "stalk" in reference to the way the leaves cluster at the top of the stems. It is also commonly known as Tree fern and Tiki fern. We first grew this plant in 1992 having received seed from Florever, a cut flower grower in Mexico, but let it slip from production after only a few years. After seeing it more recently in a few landscapes, and at the urging of some other Asparagus lovers, we have finally brought it back.  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 virgatus.