Saturday, October 8, 2011

Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii'

Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii' 
 Foxtail fern

The ornamental Asparagus plants are amongst our worst weeds and areas of coastal bushland have these plants forming dense stands of prickly stems and tenacious roots. Birds are attracted to the red fruits which spreads them further.
Fortunately this variety is an almost a sterile hybrid as it rarely seed and is fairly slow to increase.The arching leaves are very decorative and can form a cylinder or brush up to a metre long. It is a decorative plant to grow in shade under trees, though it requires some fertilizer to maintain good leaf colour. As a container plant it quickly exhausts the soil and stops growing or, like its cousins, tries to break out of the pot with its tough root system.
2017 update: I have sold all my stock but will have more plants available at some time in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Everyone always talks about Asparagus Weed being such a pest and a pain in the bush near where I live. Why then i thought, was a variety of it...just like your photo... growing in the Melbourne botanic gardens when I went there a few weeks ago....well, you've answered my question thanks. Now I understand that this variety is near sterile, so it makes more sense. very pretty.