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Asparagus officinalis/Garden Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis / Asparagus officinalis
Summer foliage
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Summer foliage

Foliage in mass planting

Close-up of berries on mature plant (summer)

Young spear emerging in early spring

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Scientific Name: Asparagus officinalis
Common Name: Garden Asparagus
Plant Type:
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: Garden asparagus that is a highly prized vegetable by some. Likes lose, organic soils. Flowers and red fruit not showy. Need to follow rather strict growing practices for the edible vegetable types. Also makes a handsome, fine-textured garden ornamental Cut back cold damaged parts in winter. Some grooming is needed even in places where plants do not injuried by freezes, because a clump of plants can become untidy if old shoots are not removed periodically. Flowers not showy, but red fruit more prominent. Does not have true leaves. No evergree where there are heavy frost. Makes Very young shoots highly prized as human food. and red fruit