|Asparagus virgatus cultivation|
Asparagus virgatus is a plant indigenous to South Eastern Africa. It is also known as tree fern, tiki fern, and African broom fern. Asparagus virgatus is a member of the genus Asparagus, and not a true fern.
The plant grows several fine bushy stems with needle like leaves, reaching over one meter in length. This perennial plant produces small white flowers during spring, and small spherical seeds that are black in color.
This plant can be found growing in the shady undergrowth, especially along rivers. Although water loving, this plant is able to survive with little water.
Unlike edible Asparagus officinalis, A. virgatus has little or no nutritional value to people.
Cut flower industry
When combined with rose, gerbera, and other focal flowers it forms an attractive floral display. Vase life is typically two weeks. High quality stems can be identified by the fresh green color, and stem length.
- Florida Agriculture http://www.florida-agriculture.com/consumers/tree_fern.htm
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