A cousin to the asparagus fern, the foxtail fern reproduces by seed instead of spores, so isn’t a true fern. (Shhh, don't tell.) Graceful and playful, the fuzzy, foxtail fronds bring a soft touch to gardens and containers and appear quite true to its namesake: fox tails. It is wonderful used by itself as a calming focal point or in combinations to tie things together. Be sure to protect the foxtail fern from harsh afternoon sun for it's very best appearance. Its distinctively dense, yet fluffy fronds, produce small teeny, tiny white flowers in the summer.
Light: Partial shade to partial sun Height: 24" Width: 24-36" Spacing: 18-24" Hardiness: Zone 9-11 Bloom: Tiny white blooms Color: Light Green Habit: Upright, bushy Soil: Enriched, consistently moist, but well-drained soils. Care: Keep the top of the soil line moist, but not soggy.
Suggestions: The foxtail fern in zones 9-11 are happiest outdoors in a border or coastal exposure planting. Above zone 9, this prized-for-foliage plant is best left indoors in a container plant setting, grown as a non-hardy plant outdoors, or taken inside for the winter. Plant this eye-catching baby in hanging baskets with trailing foliage like a variegated vinca vine or creeping fig.... add a few annuals for a punch of color and you've got a sweet combination.