Asparagus densiflorus - Foxtail Fern
Asparagus densiflorus - Foxtail Fern

Asparagus densiflorus - Foxtail Fern

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This beautiful house plant is easy to grow and some say more decorative than its close relative, the asparagus fernFoxtail fern is not a true fern, but a member of the lily family. Although there is no family resemblance, it's also related to the edible asparagus vegetable.

Tiny white flowers may appear from late spring to mid-summer, depending on the house temperature.  The white flowers eventually develop into bright red berries in the fall, almost like little ornaments.

Fast growers, cut the stems back or divide the plant in spring to keep it under control. Trim off old, faded fronds to make room for new growth and to keep the plant looking its best.

Tips: Leaf drop is usually a symptom of too little or too much sunlight -- or, more likely -- dry soil. Foxtail likes dappled sunlight. Water regularly, but take care not to overwater. The plant's thick, tuberous roots store water, and soggy soil can cause root rot. Raising the humidity can help; this plant loves to be misted.

Not edible. Toxic if accidentally ingested. 


  • Light: Bright indirect sunlight year-round. For even growth, give the plant a quarter turn every week or so to expose all sides to sunlight. 

    Water: Water thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out a little between waterings. Too much water can lead to root rot. Water sparingly in winter, but do not allow the soil to dry out completely, which can cause foxtail fern to shed its leaflets. Remember to use tepid water to water your house plants.