5 Types of Asparagus Ferns for Growing Indoors with Pictures and Care Guides


Asparagus Ferns are popular plants on account of their beauty and ease of care as they easily adapt to wide variations in light, heat and frequency of watering.

Some of these ferns have needle-like "leaves" which give them a ferny appearance, hence the common name, fern.

Though they have the name 'fern' as part of their common name, they are not true ferns, they are much easier to grow than true ferns.

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Asparagus Ferns are toxic to humans and pets as indicated by ASPCA. If the berries are ingested, they can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If handled with bare hands, the berries can cause contact dermatitis.

The foliage of mature plants can develop sharp spines on the branches which can cause skin irritation if handled with bare hands. Therefore, always wear gloves when handling these plants.

As outlined by Mark Tancig (University of Florida), Asparagus Ferns have been found to be invasive in some regions.

Avoid growing Asparagus Ferns in the ground and dispose them by burning as they grow vigorously, spreading across and scrambling up other plants.

Nonetheless, Asparagus Ferns are spectacular plants for your collection. You may acquire these plants online from Etsy.

5 Popular Ornamental Asparagus Ferns for Indoors

The five most popular Asparagus Ferns are Asparagus plumosus, Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri', Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyeri', Asparagus falcatus and Asparagus asparagoides. Keep reading for more on these magnificent Ornamental Asparagus Ferns.

1. Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)

Asparagus plumosus, Asparagus Fern

Asparagus plumosus commonly called Asparagus Fern, Asparagus Grass, Lace Fern, Climbing Asparagus or Ferny Asparagus is grown for the graceful feathery foliage, which is often used in floral arrangements.

Though called a Fern, Lace Fern is not a True Fern, it is much easier to grow than true ferns. The 'leaves' in Asparagus Fern are really needle-like branches.

Asparagus plumosus thrives in medium to bright, indirect light, cool to average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soils.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Asparagus Fern

2. Emerald Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri')

Emerald Fern, Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri', Sprenger's Asparagus

Emerald Fern also called Sprenger's Asparagus is an evergreen fern-like plant whose arching stems are sparsely covered with clusters of soft needle-like foliage.

The trailing stems bear bright green 'leaves' hence the common name 'Emerald Fern'. The name 'Sprenger's Fern' is attributed to Carl Ludwig Sprenger who made it popular in Europe as an ornamental Plant.

Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') grows best in semi-shade to bright, indirect light, cool to average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Emerald Fern

3. Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyeri')

Foxtail Fern, Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyeri', Plume Asparagus

Foxtail Fern also called Plume Asparagus is an evergreen fern-like plant whose erect stems are densely packed with needle-like foliage.

The evergreen foliage in Plume Asparagus grows in clumps giving the plant a spiky appearance. The 'leaves' are really needle-like branches.

Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyeri' requires medium to bright, indirect light, cool to average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soils.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Foxtail Fern.

4. Sicklethorn Plant (Asparagus falcatus)

Sicklethorn Plant

Sicklethorn also called Large Forest Asparagus or Sickle-leaved Asparagus is a large, thorny, climbing plant which bears sickle-shaped 'leaves' and the stems are distinctly prickly, hence the common name.

Sickle-leaved Asparagus may produce fragrant white flowers which are followed by bright red berries when provided with the right growing conditions.

Asparagus falcatus thrives in medium to bright, indirect light, cool to average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soils.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Sicklethorn Fern

5. Smilax Asparagus Fern (Asparagus asparagoides)

Smilax Asparagus Fern, Asparagus asparagoides

Smilax Asparagus Fern also called Cape Simlax, Bridal Creeper or Bridal-veil Creeper is a herbaceaus plant with vigorously-growing trailing stems on which shiny green leaf-like structures are borne.

The Bridal Creeper shiny foliage remains fresh for a long time after cutting which makes it ideal for floral arrangements especially bridal bouquets and hence the common name 'Bridal Creeper'.

Asparagus asparagoides requires medium to bright, indirect light, cool to average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soils.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Smilax Fern

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