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Asparagus setaceus plumosus is an elegant fern with long wiry stems and lovely frond-like sprays that scramble outwards horizontally.


Tiny green-white bell shaped flowers may appear in late summer which develop into small, purple berries. Although Asparagus setaceus looks soft and frilly, it does develop thorns to watch for when handling.


Asparagus setaceus plumosus is also known as Lace Fern, Common Asparagus Fern or Climbing Asparagus.  It is fast-growing and can reach a height of 2.5m unless pruned.


Asparagus setaceus Care & Info Guide


High humidity environments will stop this fern from drying up.


Due to their vigorous growth habit, Asparagus setaceus may become pot-bound. If required, re-pot during springtime.


Trim in winter/early spring to maintain the desired size and shape.



Bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight may scorch the needles, whereas insufficient light may turn them yellow and cause them to drop.



The Lace Fern should be watered regularly so that the soil can stay moist, but be careful not to overwater. Less water is required during the winter.



Average household temperatures will suit the Asparagus setaceus well. Needs a minimum of 13°C in winter. Avoid cold draughts.



This plant thrives in increased humidity, so will appreciate the occasional misting. If you notice browning, try misting, or pop it beside the shower for a short while.



Feed this fern with a weak solution during the growing season to encourage better growth.


Height & Growth Rate

Asparagus setaceus is a fast growing plant which typically grows to around 1 metre, but can reach heights of up to 2.5 metres with support.



Please be aware that the Lace Fern may cause skin irritation and its berries are inedible.



Asparagus setaceus is native to Southern Africa.


Plants make great gifts, and with proper care, they will flourish and grow.  We will always deliver them gift wrapped.


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Asparagus setaceus plumosus House Plant

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