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Scientific Name: Asparagus officinalis
Pronunciation: uh-SPARE-uh-gus uh-fiss-ih-NAY-liss
Common Name: asparagus
Family Name: Asparagaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: "Leaves" are flexible needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of tan coloured scale leaves; flowers greenish-white to yellowish, bell shaped, arising at nodes in spring, about 5 mm long; berries on female plants in late summer.
Course(s): HORT 1155

Habit: Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Europe (E. Mediterranean)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Medicinal plant, Urban agriculture
Additional Info: Google
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Dissected, Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Compound Leaf: Bipinnate
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Acicular

Inflorescence Type: Flowers clustered
Flower Morphology:Dioecious plant
Number of Petals:6
Corolla Shape:Campanulate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Green
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun
Additional Info: Six tepals

Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Red
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep
Additional Info: 6-15 mm long; poisonous

Bark or Stem Colour: Green
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes, Tuberous roots, the "leaves" are needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of scale leaves

Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant
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