Tree Fern


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Tree Fern
Common Name: Tree Fern
Botanical Name: Asparagus virgatus (as-PAIR-a-gus ver-GAY-tus)
Decorative Life:
Post Harvest Care:
  • Prior to combining with other flowers and greens, store and display this species in water without the sugar found in most fresh flower foods which may promote leaf yellowing. Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a hydration solution or water plus regular household bleach at 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart. Treat with a spray or dip designed and proven to reduce water loss and/or extend life.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Liliaceae (lily) family. Native to South Africa. Not a true fern. The fruit-like structures that sometimes are present are just that, fruit. Relatives include daylily, hyacinth, tulip, lily-of-the-valley, poker-flower, lily.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial with rhizomes and fiberous roots.
  • Stems erect with much branching.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Tidbits:
  • This species is bushier than plumosus.
  • Because of its delicate foliage, it is often used in bud vases and in corsages and boutonnieres.
  • It is eay to work with because it has no spines.
  • The specific epithet name virgatus means twiggy.