The foxtail fern is an evergreen, drought-resistant plant that needs little care and looks bright green all year long. It is also known as Asparagus meyeri or Asparagus densiflorus ‘myers’.
It is from the South Africa region and thrives in the Mediterranean climate zones, but it can also flourish indoors in pots and be brought outdoors when the weather permits. It is an easy plant to care for and will offer many years of enjoyment in your yard.
10 Reasons to Love the Foxtail Fern
- There is no trimming or pruning (as is necessary for hedges or roses).
- A mature plant will grow to 6 to 8 feet across, but new plants will stay about 3 or 4 feet across for 12 years or more.
- For the 32 years I have had my plant (pictured), pests have not attacked or diminished its health.
- It is easy to start new plants by dividing the base root system with 10 or 12 sprays attached.
- If you live in SoCal or a similar zone, you will be very happy with this plant. Snowy climes will need to bring them in for shelter during the colder months.
- This inedible asparagus plant is a member of the lily family and is not technically a fern. It is hardy—even the occasional frost will leave no noticeable damage.
- The foxtail ferns in my yard do not get extra water (except during prolonged periods of 95 degrees or more).
- It has tiny white flowers that attract honey bees.
- My plants have not tasted a drop of chemicals and are thriving.
- The foxtail adds bright green to contrast with other landscape plants in a semi arid clime.