Asparagus Fern is not a true fern, but a member of the lily family (Liliaceae).
Long, arching stems densely covered with short, needle-like leaflets give this plant a delicate appearance. It has a cascading habit that makes it ideal for a hanging basket.
Mature plants will bloom in summer with small, white-to-pale pink flowers, sometimes followed by clusters of green berries that turn red in the winter. These berries are poisonous if eaten.
Florists love the feathery, emerald-green foliage in bouquets. It’s also a popular outdoor container plant in temperate climates. If planted in the ground, asparagus ferns are invasive.
Trim off old stems in the spring to make room for new growth and to keep the plant looking neat. Water thoroughly, allowing soil to dry out a little between waterings. Water sparingly in winter, but do not allow soil to dry out completely. Feed monthly spring through fall with a balanced house plant fertilizer diluted by half.