It is cold here in the South.
The branches are bare,
the perennials are asleep,
and most annuals have faded away,
so I was surprised to see these little red berries.
This planter hangs on the fireplace on our back deck,
and for years I have used asparagus ferns to fill it,
but this was the first time I have ever noticed these little red berries.
Each year in early spring I replace the brown (dead) asparagus ferns with a new ones.
This past spring I was late in getting my planters filled with new plants,
and that is when I noticed this asparagus fern,
that I thought was dead,
was actually springing up new growth.
It came back beautifully and was lush and green all summer.
It doesn't look too pretty right now,
but there is still a little green,
and now there are a few red berries too,
so I am hoping it will come back again this spring.
In doing a little research I learned that ferns cannot produce fruit or berries,
so the asparagus fern isn't actually a fern, it's a member of the lily family.
I enjoy growing this plant because it is soft, lush, pest free,
and best of all it is drought tolerant which is great for our hot summer months here in the South.
Be careful though, especially if growing this plant indoors,
the red berries are poisonous so keep them away from children and pets.
See you back here tomorrow for AMAZE ME MONDAY!