Genus: Asparagus

Asparagus

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Michelle Gervais
Asparagus (Asparagus)
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Asparagaceae
Asparagus is a large genus of 300 herbs, shrubs, and vines that grow from a tuberous rhizome. Flowers are small, but are sometimes born in large feathery, fernlike masses. Leaves are small and resemble scales. Grow in a vegetable garden or border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Edible asparagus ( A. officinalis ) can produce spears for up to a quarter of a century.
Care:  Asparagus needs rich soil and a sheltered site with filtered sunlight.
Propagation: 

Divide crowded plants or start from seed.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Asparagus

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Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis