A picture of a Large Forest Asparagus

Large Forest Asparagus

Asparagus falcatus

Also known as

Thorny Creeper, Sicklethorn, Yellowwood Asparagus, Doringtou (Afr.), Ubulawu (Isixhosa), Imblekazana (Isizulu)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

7m

Max

2.5m

2.5m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Large Forest Asparagus
Asparagus falcatus, c, Krantzkloof Natuurreservaat
Asparagus falcatus 03

Large Forest Asparagus Overview

A large thorny climber, this member of the Asparagus family is native to South Africa and Mozambique. Grown up fences it's downwards thorns help to hook it to the support in addition to providing defence. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Large Forest Asparagus

How to harvest Large Forest Asparagus

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Large Forest Asparagus

Seed

Sow seeds in spring or summer, keep at 16C (61F)

Cuttings

Division

Divide old tubers in spring

Special features of Large Forest Asparagus

Attractive leaves

Growing to 8cm these are a dark green sickle shape

Indoor plant

Can be used to provide architecture in Conservatories, Offices or well lit rooms.

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees

Pot plant

In warmer regions it can be grown in containers for outdoor patios. Container grown specimens will likely only reach 2.5m.

Other uses of Large Forest Asparagus

Medicinal