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Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' - Foxtail Fern

10" Nursery Pot

Foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers') is a plant native to South Africa that has become a popular houseplant and garden plant worldwide. The plant features long, thin, and upright stems that grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet. The stems are densely covered with needle-like leaves, which are a bright green color and have a soft texture.

The unique feature of the foxtail fern is the way its needle-like leaves grow. They grow tightly together in a plume-like fashion, resembling a fox's tail, hence the name. The plant is also known for its white, fragrant flowers that bloom in the summer and are followed by red berries.

Foxtail fern is an easy-to-care-for plant that can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. It can grow in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil that is kept moderately moist. It is also a drought-tolerant plant and can go without water for extended periods.

Foxtail ferns are commonly used as accent plants in container gardens, hanging baskets, or as a border plant in garden beds. They are also an excellent choice for a tropical-themed garden or as a houseplant.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'
  • Common Name(s): Fox Tail Fern, Foxtail fern, Meyers fern
  • Family: Asparagacea
  • Native Range: Tropical Americas, West Indies 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Filtered light, partial shade 
  • Water: Keep soil moist
  • Humidity: High
  • Temperature: 70-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves.
  • Feeding: Fertilize using a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer monthly during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Division when repotting
  • Growth: Creeping, clumping
  • Common Pests: Look out for aphids, fungus gnats
  • Toxicity: Keep away from pets and small children