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Arabic Name

السرخس الهليوني

Latin Name

Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' , Asparagaceae

English Name

Ornamental Asparagus

A mound of bright-green, ferny leaves make this Asparagus a very attractive perennial. Its rapidly growing, prickly stems trail down walls or may cover the ground, including more slow-growing neighbours. Insignificant, fragrant, white flowers are followed by red berries, which contrast well with the shiny, needle-like foliage. They are, however, considered poisonous. Botanical note: the leaves are what are known as ‘cladodes’ (modified branches), while the true foliage has degenerated to tiny inconspicuous scales. This South African native looks best in semi-shaded, rather protected locations. For a neat appearance, good drainage and soil with added organic matter are essential. It is drought-tolerant, but only for a short time. Fleshy roots allow a quick recovery, when leggy stems are cut back entirely to renew the plant or when the plant has been damaged by frost. Dividing the rootstock is the easiest propagation method or by seed. A. d. ‘Sprengeri’ has landscape value as a groundcover or foreground planting. The trailing stems are often used in floral arrangements, and this asparagus is frequently seen as a long-lasting indoor or pot plant on a patio. Chlorosis may be a problem in alkaline soils, but can be prevented by an application of ammonium sulphate or iron chelate. The low-maintenance measures include fertilising and periodic pruning.

General information

Family Name : Asparagaceae
Origin: Mediterranean , Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Very Humid , Semi Humid
Propagation: Division
Maintenance: Moderate
Planting Phase: Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: Medium
Salinity: High < 5,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: -3°C

Plant shape

Vigour: Normal Growth Rate
Height: From 0.5 To 3 M
Expansion: From 0.6 To 2 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: White , Green
Flowering Period: From Early August Till Late October
Smell: Light , Flower , Scented

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Berry
Toxicity: Inedible

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Public Open Space , Pedestrian Precinct , Swimming Pool Planting , Undergrowth , Linear Planting , Massed Planting , Container Planting , Park Planting , Steppe Garden , Private Garden , Roof Garden , Wadi Farm Garden , Edging Plants

Other choices :

Cut Flower , Propagation by Runners , Ground Cover , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Attractive Fruits , Good Scent , Attractive Flower , Attractive Shape

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