Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’

Asparagus Fern, Foxtail Fern

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A distinctive, lush and more upright cultivar of the popular South African species, Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’ brings organic forms to any interior space, with simpler care requirements than most indoor ferns.

Plumes of fine vivid green foliage are comprised of arching stems, covered in needle-like green cladodes. Cladodes function like leaves for photosynthesis, but are actually flattened stems. It’s these ‘needles’ that give the Foxtail Fern its uniquely fern-like appearance and charm.

Origin: Sub-Saharan Africa
Genus: Asparagus
Species / Cultivar: Asparagus
Common Name: Asparagus Fern, Foxtail Fern
Synonym: Asparagopsis densiflora

Plant Biography

Known commonly as the ‘Foxtail Fern’, for the bottlebrush form of its foliage which are said to resemble a fox’s tail. However, it’s not actually a fern at all, but rather a member of the Asparagus family – hence it’s other name the ‘Cat’s Tail Asparagus’.

Asparagus densiflorus is an easy plant for any room given bright indirect light and reasonable humidity, making it a great option for anyone considering indoor ferns but worried about their care requirements. The Myersii cultivar is more compact and grows in a more upright form than the original species.

Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’
Light: Low
This plant will tolerate shadier positions with only a little natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >13°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

Yellowing or browning of the leaves is a common indicator of an unhappy Asperagus densiflorus. This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering or too much direct sunlight. Fortunately, trimming the yellow leaves and adjusting its conditions can successfully save the plant.

Care & Size Guidance

Asparagus densiflorus is much easier to grow indoors than most true ferns, making them a perfect choice for anyone who has found indoor ferns too demanding to care for.

Water the plant regularly in the growing season, whenever the top few centimetres of the soil surface has dried out. Make sure to keep it slightly dryer in winter which will help it tolerate the lower light conditions and withstand indoor temperatures down to about 10°C.

Indoors in the UK, with proper care, the foliage of Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’ can reach sizes of up to about 50-60 centimetres.

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