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Asparagus virgatus

Asparagus virgatus (African broom fern, Tiki fern, Tree fern)

is a frost hardy perennial evergreen plant with white flowers in early Summer and late Spring. It grows well in semi-shade, and prefers medium levels of water. It has average drought tolerance. This plant has all year round interest.

General

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Grown commercially for its foliage in flower arranging. However, can be invasive so check before buying or planting in your area.

Soil

Asparagus virgatus grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 7.5 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5). It is adapted to clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay, sandy clay loam, sandy loam, silt loam and silty clay loam soils.

Growth

This is a erect plant has an ultimate height of 1m / 3.3ft and spread of 0.6m / 2ft. The vegetative spread rate is fast.

Leaves

It has green leaves.

Uses

Attractive foliage, borders, drought resistant, flower arranging, flowering shrub, under shrubs, waterside and container plant.

Fruit and seed

The fruit is red and black. There is a fruit/seed abundance beginning in Summer and ending in Autumn.

Progagation

Propagation techniques include division and seed.

Origin

South Africa (N. and E.Cape to KZN, Free State to Limpopo).

-7°C / 19.4F 5.5 to 7.5 1m / 3.3ft 0.6m / 2ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Asparagus
Specific epithet ? virgatus
Common names
African broom fern (South Africa), Tiki fern (Ireland), Tree fern (Ireland)
User notes have orange headings. All other information is made up from editing attributes. IPNI details on Asparagus virgatus
    References [edit] ?

    Plant added by newplant (South Africa) - Add as friend

    Asparagus virgatus http://plantdatabase.co.uk/Asparagus_virgatus
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