H. Hamernik @ Bluebird Nursery, NE
Hardy Vining Asparagus Fern
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Item #: 4747
Zones: 3a to 8a
Height: 180" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
Imagine an asparagus that behaves like a twining vine to 15' tall, has glossy green foliage covered in fragrant white flowers in late spring, and is smothered with 1/2" bright red ornamental berries in late summer. Did we mention it's cold hardy to Zone 3? Would you believe it? Well, it's true, and we are pleased to be able to share one of the most unique plants we have encountered. The original seed came from the old DeGiorgio Seed Company via the late Harlan Hamernik, who also adored this perennial in his Nebraska garden. The foliage stays green into the mid-20s F, serving as a perfect foil for the red berries. Any sturdy trellis, old junked pickup, or stationary highway worker is perfect for support...stand back and watch it grow. Fruiting should take about 3 years from potted plants...very cool!