Is This a Real Fern? Variegated Foxtail Fern

Can you tell me if this is a real fern or if the fronds have been treated to be that color?

Hi Tom,

Green and white variegated foxtail fern
Variegated Foxtail Fern-Asparagus densiflorus Meyersii

Your plant is a variegated foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus Meyersii). They are not true ferns at all but rather members of the Lily Family. They have arching plumes of tightly packed, needle-like leaves that look soft and delicate, but this is really quite a hardy plant. These ferns also produce small flowers and red berries.  Here are some care tips on how to grow a foxtail fern.

Light: Bright indirect light but no direct sun

Water: Keep the soil moist when plant is actively growing in spring and summer. Reduce water in winter and in lower light.

Temperature: 70-75 degrees during the day and about 10 degrees cooler at night.

Plant Food: Feed your fern monthly with a liquid all purpose fertilizer in the spring and summer. Always dilute the plant food to 1/2-1/3 the recommended strength.

Humidity: These ferns like high humidity but still grow well in dryer areas.

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.