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Despite the fact that it looks very fragile and sensitive, the ornamental asparagus is one of the robust plants that are easy to cultivate. As a result, the attractive plant is also well suited for people who want to gain initial experience with indoor plants. You can choose between different growth forms and leaf variants.

The leaves of the ornamental asparagus Asparagus falcatus are slightly stronger than those of other species

How many types of ornamental asparagus are there?

In the natural home of ornamental asparagus, Africa, there are around three hundred different species that are optimally adapted to their respective location.

What varieties are cultivated in the room?

kind description
Shiny-leaved ornamental asparagus (Asparagus asparadgoides) It is a climbing plant with leathery false leaves about three centimeters in size. They anchor themselves stably wherever they find support.
Asparagus ansparagoides "Myrtifolius" Popular subspecies of this climbing plant. However, it forms significantly smaller leaves and grows less quickly.
Asparagos densiflorus A very original species that is not often found anymore. The diverse breeds with the attractively feathered foliage go back to them.
Asparagus densiflorus "Myersii" Grows upright and forms fox-tailed fronds that can grow up to two feet long. This ornamental plant is also sold commercially under the name "Mayer's ornamental asparagus".
Asparagus densiflorus "Blast" This is probably the best-known ornamental asparagus variety. This plant bears gently drooping shoots up to one meter long, which are covered with needles up to one to three centimeters long. They emerge in threes from a knot. It looks very pretty when you cultivate this ornamental asparagus in a hanging basket.
Asparagus densiflorus "Blast Nanus" A dwarf form with filigree, slender leaves. It is well suited for tight spaces.
Asparagus densiflorus "Blast robustus" Very vigorous and robust. This ornamental asparagus does not mind severe pruning either.
Asparagus falcatus Forms a short trunk from which branched, taut leaf shoots grow.
Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus setaceus "Plumosus") Has fairly strong stems. The false leaves form a small crown, which makes the plant look like a fern. In the trade, this variety is therefore also offered as "fern asparagus". There is also a small species of this ornamental asparagus, Asparagus setaceus "Nanus", which is often used for plant pots.

tips

All ornamental asparagus species need a light location. However, direct sunlight should be avoided, as the intense green false leaves turn ugly yellow in strong sunlight.

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