The Foxtail Fern provides exotic-looking ground coverage in warm climates. This member of the asparagus family, native to costal South Africa, grows in a 1- to 3-foot tall mound of long stems covered in small, delicate foliage. The Foxtail Fern develops tiny white flowers on the insides of the stems in summer, which turn to ornamental red berries in the fall. The Foxtail Fern is popular as ground cover, but it also can be potted as an indoor or outdoor plant. A perennial evergreen in zones 9 through 11, the Foxtail Fern might go dormant in cold weather, but will regenerate as long as temperatures remain above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy the Foxtail Fern in colder climates by using as a potted patio plant in the summer, and winter the plant indoors. The Foxtail Fern prefers partial shade; it will survive in full shade or full sun, but the color of the foliage may be affected.
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