Asparagus densiflorus

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Asparagus densiflorus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Asparagoideae
Genus: Asparagus
Species: A. densiflorus
Binomial name
Asparagus densiflorus
(Kunth) Jessop
Synonyms[1]
  • Asparagopsis densiflora Kunth
  • Protasparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Oberm.

Asparagus densiflorus (asparagus fern, plume asparagus, foxtail fern) is an evergreen perennial plant, closely related to the vegetable asparagus, and native to southern Africa from Mozambique to South Africa.[1] A. densiflorus has been confused with A. aethiopicus, Sprenger's asparagus, now regarded as a separate species,[2][3] so that information under the name A. densiflorus will often refer to A. aethiopicus.

As it cannot tolerate frost, in temperate regions A. densiflorus is usually grown under glass. Numerous cultivars have been developed, of which the compact form 'Myersii' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4] Its dense 50 cm plumes of foliage are especially valued in flower arranging.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b WCSP (2011). "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2011-12-06.  Search for "Asparagus densiflorus"
  2. ^ "FNA Vol. 26 Page 213, 214: Asparagus aethiopicus". Flora of North America. Flora of North America. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ WCSP (2011). Search for "Asparagus aethiopicus".
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.