Common Asparagus Fern

Scientific Name: Asparagus setaceus

Fact Box:

  • Order: Asparagales
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Genus: Asparagus
  • Species: A. setaceus


Native to Africa, the common asparagus fern is often found indoors as an elegant and dainty houseplant. With slightly fuzzy, fern-like leaves, the plant is called a “fern,” although it is actually a vine.

Its thin, wiry stems are a darker shade compared to its bright green foliage, and the asparagus fern will flower in summer, displaying small white blossoms at the tips of the “branches.” The plant also produces clusters of berries, which are toxic.


Easily adapting to its surroundings, the common asparagus fern will sometimes become invasive when grown outdoors. The vine can climb and crawl around structures, and it is even considered a weed in some areas of the world.

Common asparagus fern’s soft, feathery foliage.