Emerald feather (Asparagus aethiopicus
) is a branching perennial herb that is commonly used as a ground cover or in container plantings. A. aethiopicus
is native to South Africa. It has been introduced to many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, where it is often used as an ornamental. It is also considered an invasive weed in many areas, including Hawaii and Florid as well as different parts of Australia. A. aethiopicus
has tough green aerial stems that are covered with spines and leaf-like cladodes as leaves. A. aethiopicus
flowers are white or pale pink and very fragrant, small and hardly noticeable. Flowering lasts for roughly two weeks during the summer. The fruit is bright red in color and contains 3 seeds per fruit. Birds are highly attracted to the fruit and aid in the dispersal of asparagus fern.
has been known to cause contact dermatitis
in horses, if rubbed up against parts of the plant.