Foxtail Fern - Asparagus Densiflorus Meyersii

Foxtail Fern as Ground Cover

Common Name: Foxtail FernScientific Name: Asparagus Densiflorus MeyersiiHeight: up to 0.6 mSpan: up to 1.2m wideGrowth Rate: FastSun Tolerance: ShadeABP Index: 2.5 (Aesthetics 3.0, Solidarity 2.0)

The foxtail fern is not a true fern as it propagates through seeds rather than spores. This native of South Africa produce bright green foxtail like fronds that are can grow up to 2 ft (0.6m) high and up to 4 ft (1.2m) wide in span. Each frond is long, thin and made up of many rice shaped needle clusters that look like ‘colonies of mini plants’ along the frond. A field of foxtail ferns can give a soft cloud-like feel to the area as it sways to the breeze. Beautiful as ground cover, in pots and flower arrangements.

Foxtail Ferns in Pots

Foxtail Fern used in Flower Arrangements

Close-up of Foxtail Fern Leaves

Foxtail Ferns in a Plant Nursery

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  1. Yes, you have some very good ideas and information on foxtail ferns. Cheers!

  2. I have one plant and just love it! Thank you for such good pictures, I've never seen so many foxtail ferns together. Now, I want to have more than one in my garden.

  3. I am going to try a foxtail in a pot this fall. My plants suffered some real burn during our socal heat wave. Thank you for including a link to my page on the foxtail. Sherry


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