ASPARAGUS FERN

P. The popular name for several decorative species of asparagus such as A. plumosus and A. sprengeri. The former is an evergreen climber with wiry stems and fernlike leaves. There is a dwarf form A. nanus which is grown widely for floral arrangements. A. sprengeri is a trailing plant which is ideal for hanging baskets, and for pot culture indoors. It has small pinkish-white flowers followed by bright red berries and grows to about 6 ft.

Both species demand a warm greenhouse with some shade, plenty of water during summer and ample ventilation. A rich compost of loam, leaf mould and sand suits them best. Increase by division in March.

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