Although it has the common name of Asparagus Fern, this plant is not even related to ferns and should not be classified as such. It is in fact from the lily family, a point which surprises many. It is a useful plant for display throughout the home and is relatively easy to grow. Apart from being suitable for a traditional pot or container, the Asparagus Fern also makes a good subject for a hanging pot or hanging basket. Not only is it suitable for use as an indoor plant, either singly or in association with other plants, but it also provides interesting foliage for cut flower arrangements. The Asparagus dislikes a warm and dry atmosphere as the foliage can rapidly dehydrate with resultant desiccation and browning of the leaf tissue.

Plant type : Foliage plant with upright, compact habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 30-90cm (12—36in)
Flower : Insignificant; sometimes followed by small red berries, produced spring/summer
Leaf : Tiny, green, needle-like, on branchlets
Temperature : 13-20°C (55—68°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Keep compost evenly moist in spring and summer; water less in autumn and winter but avoid drying out
Feeding : Once every two weeks with half strength houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Sow seeds at 21°C (70°F) in seed and cutting compost in spring; separate in mid spring to mid summer using houseplant potting compost
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Dehydration due to dry atmosphere
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Good plant for special planter and cultivation in most rooms except hot, dry situations; ideal for cloakroom, bathroom or kitchen where well lit
Other varieties : A densiflorus 'Myers' - erect, bushy fronds, A d. 'Sprengeri' - hanging stems