Garden Inventory is a series where I begin an inventory of all the plants and trees in my garden. Along with some of my own pictures, I will link to various sources of information about each plant and tree so we can learn a little more together.
I would also like to highlight your special plants and tress. Pass along your favorite plants in the comments and I will use them for future Garden Inventory posts. — Douglas
Garden Inventory: Ming Fern Asparagus (Aspargaus retrofractus)
“A clumping, woody perennial to 5-6′ tall, with soft, wispy foliage on open stems. Increases in height and vigor as it becomes more established. Flowers are small and white in open sprays that carry the aroma of coconut. Very decorative orange berries follow. Full sun to shade with little summer water once established in the ground.” — PlantLust.com
I am open to any assistance and direction on this identification, as I am not sure I have it exactly correct. When I first looked this up a while ago, I thought I had identified as something else, but my research online today seems to indicate that it is Aspargaus retrofractus. The photos and descriptions seem to match what I am seeing in my garden. Again, if you have any further guidance, please pass it along in the comments.
Photos of Ming Fern Asparagus with closeups of leaves, flowers and stems
More information on Ming Fern Asparagus (Aspargaus retrofractus):
- Asparagus Retrofractus at PlantLust.com
- Asparagus retrofractus at Species.Wikimedia.org
- Asparagus retrofractus at OnlinePlantGuide.com
Previously on Garden Inventory: