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Asparagus virgatus

Broom Fern

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Item #: 4033

Zones: 7b to 10b, possibly colder

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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This South African broom fern really swept me off my feet with its garden performance. Asparagus virgatus is a wonderful winter-hardy, airy, evergreen addition for a sunny location. The 3' tall upright spikes open into a soft, thread-like, green "broom." Each 3' wide drought-tolerant clump can be used as a textural contrast in the garden, for a long-lasting filler in floral arrangements, or to treat syphilis and intestinal worms. You gotta love those multi-use plants. In September the foliage of Asparagus virgatus is adorned with a multitude (catalog lingo for more than one) of small red berries.