Mystery house plant

Hello Judy, I recently became the new home of “Helen” the house plant. The woman who sold her to me said this plant is 45 years old. WOW! What is Helen? She needs to be repotted and I’m terrified to kill her from the shock of replanting. She is clearly very forgiving. She was in desprerate need of water too. She is getting greener now. She is jam packed in this pot. She also has sharp little thorns you cant see in the pic. Please help keep Helen goin another 45 years. Thankfully JT.

Hi JT,

“Helen” is an Asparagus Fern. Here is a picture of what she will hopefully look like one day.

Asparagus Fern are covered in tiny needle-like bright green
Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Ferns looks beautiful sitting on a table or hanging in a basket. During the summer, these ferns are perfect plants to hang in a sunny spot on your porch. In the proper location, Asparagus Ferns grow over 2-3ft. wide with cascading trailers length. The long graceful vines of an Asparagus Fern are covered in tiny needle-like bright green leaves; an added plus are the small white flowers that eventually turn into red berries. Be careful, hidden in the lush foliage of an Asparagus Fern are little sharp thorns that are difficult to see. You can read all my care tips on how to grow an Asparagus fern in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.