Fascinated with 'ferns'
At Heron Hawker we shift a serious amount of plants that are misleadingly named ferns, but are anything but, so we thought we’d write a little post revealing the true identity of our frilly feathery friends, the Asparagus Ferns.
What are they?
Asparagus ferns are part of a species of more than 300 plants that can be found at the bottom of Rainforests to the Archipelagos and semi-desert regions of Africa. They’re actually closer to the Lily family than a real fern.
The types you’ll find in store
We mainly deal with Sprenger’s, a native of South Africa. This plant, also known as the Foxtail Fern, has it all - thorns, flowers and fruit, although indoors the latter two are unlikely. Although they will tolerate some drought, they do best if the soil is kept moist, and out of direct sunlight. This beautiful plant is toxic to cats and dogs, so keep it at a safe distance from pets
Our other favourite type of Asparagus Fern is the Plumosus. This has become a big wedding hit for us, with lots of clients requesting it used in trailing garlands. It’s a hardy fast growing houseplant that will thrive without full sun, and a well-drained soil. If you see yellow needles, it needs a little more light
How we use them at Heron Hawker
From large bottle terrariums that maintain water, to snuggled in a simple concrete pot, we use these ‘ferns’ in a variety of ways. They look perfect next to Fittonia in a vessel that gives it space to grow, or matched with one of the many pots we stock.
Want to buy some terrarium plants like our ‘ferns’? Let us know what you’re after and we’ll tell you what’s in stock or we can figure out how much it might be to send them to you.