English name: Feathered asparagus fern
Latin name: Asparagus setaceus
Family: Asparagus - Asparagaceae
Origin: Southern Africa
The feathered asparagus is a perennial with rigid green stems, which may grow to lengths of even several metres. Instead of leaves, the plant grows cladodes to a length of 7 mm. with a diameter of 0.1 mm. The cladoes appear in 15-piece clusters and are densely arranged on the stem, creating a delicate, fern-like appearance of foliage. From spring to fall, it produces bell-shaped flowers 0.4 cm. in length, turning into a small green berry, which becomes red over time.
This decorative plant is grown mainly to provide green cuttings for flower arrangements, or as a room plant. In Poland, it is often grown in greenhouses.