Plants of the UNF Campus

Asparagus densiflora var. meyeri - Foxtail fern
Family Asparagaceae


Foxtail fern is an asparagus, not a true fern. Over 100 species of asparagus are native to Europe, Africa and Asia. The genus includes the edible asparagus. The foxtail fern is native to southern Africa. It makes a clump eighteen to twenty-four inches tall. Small leaves make a dense cylinder of foliage on upright and arching stems. Small white flowers are produced among the leaves on mature plants. 


See plants on the west side of building 1.


Herbaceous plant to twelve to eighteen inches tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: drought tolerant once established

Soil: well-drained, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements

In Jacksonville, the foxtail fern makes a hardy small specimen that can be grouped as a groundcover. Despite its delicate appearance, this is a rugged landscape plant that thrives in well-drained sites.