Asparagus Fern Ming
Asparagus retrofractus 'Ming'
Asparagus Fern Ming finds its way into hanging baskets and mixed annual containers for the summer because of its easy going, tolerant nature.
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The lush, full foliage fills any container with solid green color. This fern looks beautiful in hanging baskets or mixed containers because it goes well with any color of foliage or any color flower. Luckily, Asparagus Fern Ming can also handle full sun to full shade, and indoors it just needs some light from a windowsill. Asparagus Fern Ming is happiest with bright, indirect light, and needs some light unlike other ferns. Asparagus Fern Ming is a fluffy, full fern that keeps bright green colored foliage. Even though the foliage is thin and needle like, Asparagus Fern Ming adds a very dense, arching look to planters and mixed containers. Planted solely in hanging baskets, these plants can hold their own. Indoors, these ferns prefer bright, direct light from a windowsill with consistently moist soil. Asparagus Fern Ming are an excellent choice as a background foliage plant or as part of a centerpiece, as they don't get as large as other houseplants.
Nomenclature of Asparagus Fern Ming:
Surprisingly, Asparagus Fern Ming is not a fern at all. Rather, it belongs to the edible Asparagus family, although the berries on this plant are toxic. The small white flowers that appear if the plant is kept outdoors are fragrant, and nearly cover the entire plant in blooms. This Plant is originally from the Cape Good Hope area of South Africa, and serves as an attractive, full ground cover. The plant produces large tan tubers below ground as it grows; split these into sections when transplanting to propagate. Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri' is so named for the Greek word for the edible Asparagus (as the foliage is similar), aethiopicus is Latin for Ethiopian, and Italian botanist Carl Sprenger who did much work early on with the new introductions in Europe.