Asparagus setaceus native range is from Central Ethiopia to S. Africa, Comoros and is part of the Asparagaceae family. Although this plant is often called Asparagus Fern, it isn’t a fern. Asparagus setaceus is a bushy evergreen with climbing stems, and appears to have feathery leaves, however, these are flattened branchlets (cladode). 

Genus name comes from the Greek asparagos and the specific epithet setaceus means bristly. 


Pot: ø 12cm

Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot.

Ceramic pot not included.


Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.


Water: Asparagus setaceus prefer evenly moist soil, providing that the plant is receiving appropriate light, water when the top inch of mix has dried out. Before watering, aerate the potting mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.


Potting mix: A rich, well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite and worm castings. 


Fertilising: Feed your plant each to every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.


Temperature: 21°C.


Humidity: This plant would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.


Asparagus setaceus are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.

Asparagus setaceus - Asparagus fern