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
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.
shows the twining stems of the vine.
of the true leaves form these hard, sharp, vicious
dark blue berries are a favored feast for the mockingbirds .
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