Plumosa Foliage

Common Names: Plumosa, Asparagus Fern, Plumosa Fern, Lace Fern, Climbing Asparagus.

Botanical names: Asparagus setaceus (A. plumosa), as-PAIR-a-gus se-TAY-see-us

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Plumosa foliage is characterized by its finely divided, slender, needle-like leaflets that resemble delicate feathers or plumes. The leaves are arranged in a graceful, airy manner on arching stems creating a lush and cascading effect.

Color: Various shades of green.

Botanical facts: Not a true fern. The fruit-like structures that sometimes are present are just that, fruit.

Design notes: The delicate and feathery appearance of Plumosa foliage adds texture, volume, and a sense of lightness to arrangements. The slender stems and cascading growth habit make it ideal for adding height and movement to floral designs. It can be used to create cascading or draping effects in bouquets, centerpieces, and floral installations.

Purchasing hints: Select undamaged stems with lush foliage. Avoid stems with shattering leaflets. This is often due to age and exposure to ethylene.

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 leaf fall. 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: Plumosa is native to South Africa. Common relatives include daylily, hyacinth, tulip, lily-of-the-valley, poker-flower, lily.