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Common Asparagus Fern

Asparagus setaceus

Also known as

Lace Fern, Climbing Asparagus, Ferny Asparagus

Asparagus setaceus Leaves 2760px by Ram-Man (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a white Asparagus setaceus flower

Common Asparagus Fern Overview

Asparagus setaceus is a bushy, tuberous, perennial vine species which strongly resembles a fern, but is not technically one! Grown for the foliage over the flowers. Flowers are small, delicate and white, followed by purple berries. It resides in the Asparagaceae family and has tough twining stems, capable of growing several metres tall. It is also known by the names Common Asparagus Fern, Lace Fern and Climbing Asparagus, amongst others. Originally from South and East Africa, this plant prefers tropical and warmer temperate regions where it grows happily in rainforests, damp open woodlands and disturbed sites alongside roads. It can happily be grown as a house/indoor plant for its attractive fern-like foliage, however it requires ample humidity, so place in a bathroom or kitchen for optimal growth. Asparagus setaceus has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Common Asparagus Fern

How to harvest Common Asparagus Fern

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Common Asparagus Fern


Sow seeds in autumn or early spring, keep at 16C (61F)


Divide in early spring.

Special features of Common Asparagus Fern

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Can be used to provide green architecture in Conservatories, Offices or well lit rooms.

Pot plant

In warmer regions it can be grown in containers for outdoor patios.

Other uses of Common Asparagus Fern

Grown for their foliage.


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