Asparagus densiflorus (Mazeppa)
Mazeppa Emerald Fern
Asparagus densiflorus is a small, semi-woody plant with fern-like shoots, native to coastal dunes, rocky outcrops or woodlands from the southeastern Cape in South Africa north to southern Mozambique. The cultivar Mazeppa forms broad, arching shoots with fine, needle-like foliage and a conifer-like appearance. The tiny, white flowers are followed by attractive, bright red berries. It adapts well to a wide variety of situations in warm temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 9 to 11 and makes a perfect, low maintenance and drought tolerant ground cover for full sun or shade. It also makes an excellent house plant. In some countries, Asparagus densiflorus is considered an invasive weed.