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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
asparagus fern feathery asparagus
lace fern fern asparagus
Asparagus can be evergreen or deciduous perennials or subshrubs, sometimes climbing, with tuberous rootstock. Stems bear both inconspicuous scale-like leaves and larger, leaf-like phylloclades, with small white or pinkish flowers followed by red berries
A. setaceus is a bushy tuberous perennial developing twining stems to 2.5m tall, with fine feathery bright green foliage, small white flowers and deep purple berries
South and East Africa
Toxicity Contact with skin may cause an allergic reaction
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Under glass grow in a loam based potting compost such as John Innes No.2 in bright filtered light sheltered from hot sun. Keep frost free. Water freely from spring to mid-autumn; water more sparingly in winter. Pot on in spring. Provide support
Propagate by seed in autumn or early spring, germinate at 16°C (61°F). Divide in early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Architectural Patio & Container Plants
Pruning No pruning required
Pests May be damaged by glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs, tortrix moth and scale insects
Generally disease free
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