Scientific Name: 
Asparagus spp.

Common Name: 
Asparagus Fern, Ornamental Asparagus


How is this plant unsafe?

How do you plant safely?


  • Brushing up against the plant may cause dermatitis and fruits may contain saponins which are compounds that can cause upset stomach, nausea and vomiting if eaten.
  • There are many species, cultivars and varieties of this plant available in the nursery trade, caution should be used with all of the ornamental types of aspargus.
  • Asparagus officinalis, the cultivated vegetable, is safe to grow and eat and is different from the ornamental varieties of Asparagus.
  • Use caution when working with this plant and consider wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes and eye protection.
  • Supervise pets and children when playing near this plant.