Asparagus

Asparagus spp.

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Genus of over 200 species of perennial, mostly evergreen, shrubs and climbing plants. It contains the cultivated, edible, vegetable Asparagus officinalis, known as asparagus. Some are grown as ornamental garden plants. Most have spindle-shaped tuberous rootstocks, scale-like leaves, sometimes with straight or curved spines. Pale pink flowers are followed by red, orange or purple berries which are poisonous.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Division

In early spring, divide clusters of tubers.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Europe, Asia, and Africa

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Chalk, Clay

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild
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