Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern


Alternate names

Emerald feather, Emerald fern, Flagstaff fern, Foxtail fern, Lace fern, Mazeppa fern, Plumosa fern, Racemose asparagus, Sprengeri fern, Sprenger's asparagus fern

Toxicity to pets

Asparagus ferns (Asparagus densiflorus or Asparagus setaceus) are common houseplants due to their fine, feathery foliage. They are also often used in floral arrangements. Ingestion of these plants, especially the berries, may cause irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. Skin irritation is also possible following dermal exposure.

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dermal irritation
Asparagus Fern

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The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.