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Aspargus-Fern
Asparagus plumosa

asparagus-fern, Asparagus plumosa The asparagus-fern is not a fern.  It is an asparagus, the same genus as the vegetable.  It frequently comes up as a weed, especially under the wires where the birds perch.  Because of its fine, fern like appearance it is frequently used by florists in flower arrangements.








asparagus-fern, Asparagus plumosa When grown asparagus-fern forms a dense vine easily trained to a trellis. What appear to be leaflets of a compound leaf are really small branches (cladodes).  The true leaves are the small scales at the nodes.








asparagus-fern, Asparagus plumosa This shows the twining stems of the vine.










asparagus-fern, Asparagus plumosa Some of the true leaves form these hard, sharp, vicious thorns.










asparagus-fern, Asparagus plumosa These dark blue berries are a favored feast for the mockingbirds .











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