Ming Asparagus Fern, pom pom asparagus fern and zig-zag shrub, is a shrubby herbaceous evergreen perennial that typically grows to 6-8’ tall. It is native to the arid regions of South Africa.
This plant is noted for its fern-like foliage of needle-like clusters which are spaced along the stems, with each cluster resembling a pom pom, hence the common name of pom pom asparagus fern. It is not, in fact, a fern, however. Stems create a zig-zag branching structure, hence the common name of a zig-zag shrub. Small, fragrant, 6-petaled, white flowers in open axillary umbels bloom in spring to early summer. Flowers are often followed by small orange round fruits that mature to black.