Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Asparagaceae

Asparagus

ah-SPARE-ah-gus Audio
Asparagus officinalis

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 CharacteristicsEdible asparagus ( A. officinalis ) can produce spears for up to a quarter of a century.

CareAsparagus needs rich soil and a sheltered site with filtered sunlight.

PropagationDivide crowded plants or start from seed.

Problems

Species and cultivars

More From the Plant Guide

Winter Interest

Partial Shade

Browse the Full Plant Guide