Bushy asparagus

Asparagus aethiopicus

Bushy asparagus

Bushy asparagus

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


Ground asparagus fern


A trailing scrambler with thin wiry stems that grow from small tubers. The stems are branched towards the tips and have sparse cladodes (flattened leaf-like stems, 10-25mm) that are flat in cross section. It has tiny pinkish flowers and bright red berries. It is sometimes confused with the foxtail fern (Asparagus aethopicus ‘Meryersii’), which has upright stems with denser cladodes, and is excluded from the NPPA.


Bushy asparagus forms dense patches, is tough and has long-lived tubers that resprout.

What to do

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

Page last updated: 25 September 2013