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Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’

Family: ASPARAGACEAE (Asparagus family)

Common names: Foxtail Fern, Cat’s Tail Fern (E); Katstert (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Fern, Groundcover

Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.45m x 0.6m

Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’

DESCRIPTION

This plant has a neat form. It is hardy, drought-resistant and frost-resistant evergreen perennial has bright green, drooping, long branches bearing small leaves and resembling a cat’s tail. It produces tiny white star-like flowers followed by attractive red berries which attract birds.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The red berries will attract birds such as the robins, white-eyes, thrushes barbets and bulbuls.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately throughout the year.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance. The plant does not require pruning.
Cut back dead or yellowing fronds at the base to keep the plant looking neat.
LANDSCAPING USES
Suitable for water gardens, mixed borders. May also be grown in a container on a patio or indoors.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Tropical, Water
FOLIAGE
FRUIT
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.

8 Responses

  1. Hi Kallie

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    It’s easiest to propagate Asparagus densiflorus from seed. They are fairly slow though.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Phylicity

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Asparagus densiflorus isn’t fussy about the timing for re-potting so you can do so now.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  3. Hi Marion

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    You’re quite right, they are the same thing. Common names often vary in different locations, causing some confusion. It’s for this reason that it’s best to use the botanical name (unless the name changes!).

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi Alma

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Sadly, the existing fronds cannot grow extensions to their trimmed tails.
    You’ll have to wait for new fronds to grow and educate your gardener to only cut back the dead and dry fronds. To encourage faster growth, feed your fern with a liquid fertiliser like Seagro or Nitrosol.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  5. My ever greedy for chopping gardener has trimmed my beautiful hanging tails. Will they grow back and how can i speed up their growth? Livid is beyond words. I could not look at him for 2 weeks.

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