Scientific Name: Asparagus retrofractus
Common Name: Ming fern, pom pom asparagus fern
Family Name: Asparagaceae
Origin: Africa
Hardiness Zone: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 °C)
Plant Type: Flowering cut plant, Indoor foliage plant
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 1.5 - 2.0m (height x width)
Habit: Irregular, Spreading
Form: Irregular
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Cut flower or foliage, Hanging basket, Indoor plant
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Compound, Fern-like, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Bipinnate, Acicular, Entire
Flowers: Umbel, White, May-Jun
Fruit: Berry (true), Orange, Red, Black, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Fern-like to some, stem zig-zags; leaves reduced to scales; cladophylls needle-like, 1-3cm long x about 0.5mm wide, in clusters of 20-30 forming a "pom pom".