Asparagus retrofractus /Pom Pom Asparagus, Ming Fern

Asparagus retrofractus  / Asparagus retrofractus
Clusters of pom pom-like foliage on long stems
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Clusters of pom pom-like foliage on long stems

Foliage and berries in late autumn

Large, specimen plant growing in conservatory at the Biedenharn Foundation Garden in Monroe, LA

Low-growing specimen in Florida

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Scientific Name: Asparagus retrofractus
Common Name: Pom Pom Asparagus, Ming Fern
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a tropical that must be protected from freezing temperatures. It makes an excellent container plant and will grow in the same container for many years with relatively little care. Fertilizer container plants like the Ming Fern several times each year.