Asparagus meyeri (Foxtail Fern)
Water: Well Drained, Drought Tollerant Once Established
Highly ornamental, they are not ferns at all but are related to lilies. They will produce long, tapering fronds shaped like a fox’s brush that are stiff when young but will bow with age. Summertime brings tiny white flowers followed by bright red berries that are a treat for birds. They grow in clumps that can be divided when necessary, and are generally hardy as far as temperature is concerned, but any foliage damaged by frost or heat should be removed at the ground. Extremely tollerant of light and soil conditions, they work well in containers and hanging baskets, actually growing larger and more dramatic than they do in the ground. Their roots contain nodules that store water and make them resistant to long periods without a drink.