Asparagus Fern

Common Names: Asparagus Fern, Lace Fern

Botanical names: Asparagus setaceus 'Pyramidalis'

Availability: Year Round

Vase life: 14 to 20 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Delicate lacy foliage. Needle-like leaves densely packed on stems 16 to 24 inches long. The needles are tightly packed forming a feathery triangular plume.

Color: Green to Light Green foliage.

Botanical facts: The Asparagus Fern is not a true fern. It is a member of the lily family. Native to South and East Africa. The specific epithet name Setaceus means bristle-like whereas ‘Pyramidalis’ means pyramid-shaped.

Design notes: Asparagus ferns are great to use as fillers in vase arrangements, foam arrangements and bridal bouquets. The wispy foliage adds interest, movement and depth when designed over the top of an arrangement.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems which are turgid and flexible without kinks or damage. Avoid yellowing foliage with shedding needles.

Conditioning: Dip the entire fern in a solution of water and Pixie Sparkle ™. This will put a wax coating on the leaves and will help keep the moisture in and prevent browning. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water only for two hours before storage or usage. Store in water only.

Additional notes: Asparagus Fern is very sensitive to dehydration which can cause the needles to shed. Sprengeri fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') and asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus) are often confused due to their similar appearance, but they are actually different species within the Asparagus genus.