Asparagus fern

Asparagus plumosus

Asparagus fern

Asparagus fern

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - MPI
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants


Asparagus setaceous


This slender, scrambling, evergreen vine has stems that are feathery and flattened with fine, round leaves in bunches of between 7 to 20 from each node. The flowers are small and white and are found at the end of the stems in groups of up to four. Asparagus fern has small round dark purple berries (approximately 6mm in diameter) that contain up to three black seeds.


Asparagus fern competes with forest regeneration through scrambling and strangling surrounding vegetation.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

* photos courtesy of Trevor James

Page last updated: 12 October 2012