Ming Fern – Asparagus retrofractus (A. macowanii)

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Ming Fern – Asparagus retrofractus (A. macowanii)

Common Name: Ming Fern

Botanical Name: Asparagus retrofractus (A. macowanii), as-PAIR-a-gus re-tro-FRAC-tus

Decorative Life: About 21-28 days.


Family Roots:
  • Member of the Liliaceae (lily) family.
  • Native to South Africa.
  • Family relatives include daylily, hyacinth, tulip, aloe, lily-of-the-valley, star lily, desert-candle, and poker-plant (torch-flower).
  • Has tufts of fine, feathery foliage along stems.
  • Stems to 16 inches, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial from tuberous roots.
Storage Specifics:

36-41 F

  • Not a true fern.
  • With over 3000 species, the lily family includes many medicinal and food species in addition to ornamental species.
Recent Research Findings:

Fujino et al. (1981) showed that vaselife was increased from about 10 to 26 days in water simply by recutting the stems.