Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-29
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'
In spite of its name, this plant is actually a distant relative of the vegetable we know as asparagus. And the fern part is just flat out wrong. The green things that appear to be the fern leaves are really short branches called cladodes. They're soft to the touch, but be careful! The stems are also loaded with sharp thorns that can be used to climb walls or a trellis. The green berries were tiny white flowers in the spring. Now they'll all turn red as they ripen. A very pretty combination, but the berries are poisonous to both cats and dogs.
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