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.