The Ming fern (asparagus retrofractus) is an evergreen perennial, shubby herb that can be found in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Although called a fern, like our Foxtail, neither are actually ferns. The Ming and Foxtail fern alike are both members of the lily family and are both reproduced by seeds and not spores like true ferns. Typically, the Ming grows to a mature size of 12-18 inches x 10-16 inches. The Ming fern will bloom producing small white flowers, but they are often hidden from sight within the dark to light green foliage.
The Ming makes for both a wonderful indoor plant and outdoor plant alike. It has become a popular choice with both new and old gardeners alike for their ability to thrive without excessive maintenance and for the year-round interest the evergreen foliage provides. The Ming fern has become a popular bonsai option! The woody green stems and vibrant emerald green shrubbery make it a top choice for ornamental growth.
The Asparagus fern is a perennial evergreen that is capable of healthy growth in USDA zones 9 – 11. If you find yourself outside of these zones Ming ferns can be planted in containers and live indoors without issue. Like most ferns that are easy to grow and maintain.
Prefers part shade but will tolerate early morning and late evening sunlight. Perennial evergreen that is capable of healthy growth in USDA zones 9 – 11. If you find yourself outside of these zones Ming ferns can be planted in containers and live indoors without issue. Like most ferns that are easy to grow and maintain. Water before placing into ground or pot and water 1-2 weekly until established. The Ming fern is quite water wise and ok to water occasionally as needed once it has been established.
We recommend spacing the Ming fern 1-2 ft to provide a thick ground cover. If you would prefer more space between plants, it is recommended to space them no less than 2.5ft apart.