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Perennials – Foxtail Fern

  • Foxtail fern 

Botanical name: asparagus aethiopicus

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: about 3 ft in height and in width

Bloom time:  spring, summer

Hardy zone: zones 8 – 10 

Flower color: white

Foliage color:  green 

Growth rate: takes about 3 growing seasons to reach maturity 

Pruning instructions: trim diseased or withered leaves as needed

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: great for shade gardens 

Light needs: 4 hours of sun a day 

Special features: great for air purification

Watering instructions:  water when the top half inch of soil had dried out

Fertilizing instructions : use 10-1010 in the early spring after the last frost of the season

Best time to plant: spring or fall

Best type of soil: loam 

Companion plants: begonias, hostas, jade

Toxicity level: toxic for humans and pets if ingested 

Invasive species: no 

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