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Asparagus plumosus (Plumosa Fern)

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Life: Perennial

Size: 15'

Light: Shade or Semi-Shade

Water: Moist but Well Drained, Drought Tollerant Once Established

Soil: Any

Related to the vegetable asparagus, these are members of the lily family and are not ferns at all. They are climbers, willing to spread tall and thin with horizontal clumps of fine foliage. Though most known for their use as a green filler in floral arrangements, they are also good in pots on their own and can be planted in the ground if given something to climb on. They cannot tollerate full sun in Texas, though a more northern latitude could take them without burning. If burning does occur, simply trim the damaged foliage off and maintain a moist, but not soggy, soil. Though the foliage may wilt after a long period without water, the rootstock will normally bounce back. Their roots contain nodules that store water and make them resistant to long periods without a drink.