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Asparagus retrofractus L.

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Common Name: Ming Fern, Pom Pom Asparagus, 蓬莱松
Semi Shade Moderate Water Suitable for Hanging Baskets Ornamental Leaves Herbaceous Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Namibia to Cape Province
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed, Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Modification Reduced / Needle-like

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Master ID 33761
Species ID 8177
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Species record last updated on: 17 January 2022.