Asparagus fern is native to South Africa and is an evergreen herb that is commonly used as a groundcover or in container plantings. It is also widely used in hanging baskets for its showy foliage and bright red berries. The common name is somewhat deceiving because asparagus fern is not a fern at all, it merely resembles a fern. In fact, asparagus fern is a member of the Liliaceae, or Lily family, which includes plants such as amaryllis, daylilies, hosta, and tulips.
Although this plant is widely cultivated and used across the country as an ornamental, it is on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s list of invasive species as a Category II invasive.