Asparagus virgatus Baker

African Broom Fern

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Asparagus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7b to 10

Size: To 3' tall and 2' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Light airy texture, green thread-like foliage. Red berries in late summer.


Native to southern Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Yemen.

Published in Refug. Bot. (Saunders) 3: 214 in 1870.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 4" pot from Plant Delights in June 2012 and planted it in the Screen Porch Garden. The rabbits ate it so I moved it inside the pool fence but it did not return in spring 2013.

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