A lot of Investigation and Research has been saved by the Horticultural department of The Corinthian Hotel at Pune, India as they had neatly labelled all the plants in their premises.
The Deceptive Asparagus Sperengi ( Scientific Name) Fern forms numerous low hedges and boundaries around water bodies and terraces in this expansive and spread out property in Pune, Maharashtra.
While the majority of this species of “Asparagus” have white flowers I spotted Lavender-Maroon coloured Buds , which you can see in the Featured Image.
Truly a Master of Disguise, is it not?
While the fruits looked extremely tempting I am glad my curiosity never overtook my natural defenses as they are I learnt , subsequently, Poisonous.
Be careful as this “Asparagus” has Short and Hard Thorns as well.
I have labelled it Deceptive “Asparagus” as it is not edible like the more familiar Asparagus Spears we know of and consume with relish.
Furthermore it is not a Fern and yet termed “Asparagus Fern”. Ferns do not bear flowers or Fruits and Spores are the means of propagation unlike these Plants.
To cap it all, the Fruits look Gorgeous and Tempting like little Tomatoes but are Poisonous.
Originally from South Africa they provide great ground cover but if not tended properly can be Invasive as they spread rapidly.
This was a brief introduction to the Deceptive and yet Enchanting ways of Nature.