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Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern
Invasive Plant
Asparagus Fern
Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri'
Asparagus plumosus and plumosus 'Nana'

Multi-branched prostrate herbs forming a dense mat of rhizomatous roots. The fern-like branches grow to 60cm with a covering of small sharp spines. Native to Southern Africa these species have small white-pink clusters of flowers in late summer which ripen to bright red berries.



  • dispersed by birds, small animals and dumping of garden waste.

Asparagus species are highly invasive environmental weeds however some species are still in production. These 'ferns' will overtake natural species by developing dense thickets that deprive other plants of light and nutrient as well as destroying habitat.

Please note: All other Asparagus species except the cultivated A officinalis have the potential to become invasive weeds.

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Alternative Plants

Creeping Boobialla
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Creeping Boobialla
Myoporum parvifolium
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

An Australian native, dense, weed suppressing ground cover. Individual plants will easily cover one square metre. The flowers are white or pink and occur from winter to summer. Sweet fleshy fruits provide feed for native birds.

Photo: Immij
Alternative Plant Grevillea
Grevillea species
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

Among the highly recommended varieties are Royal Mantle', 'Bronze Rambler' 'Bedspread' and 'Gin Gin Gem'.

All fast growing ground cover plants ideal for covering large areas. The red toothbrush flowers occur in spring and autumn. They grow to about 30cm high x 2m across and are frost tolerant. Ideal as a ground cover or living mulch. Will grow over banks or hang down walls and attract nectarfeeding birds.

Prickly rasp Fern
Photo: Lorna Rose
Alternative Plant Prickly rasp Fern
Doodia aspera
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

This is a pretty fern as its new growth is a bright pinky-orange. It makes a good groundcover for a shady site and is one of the most drought-tolerant local native ferns.

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