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Asparagus albus - L.

Common Name
Family Asparagaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats High plateaux in hedges and scrub[46, 50].
Range Europe - W. and C. Mediterranean. N. Africa.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Asparagus albus


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Asparagus albus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Stem
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[46, 61, 177]. A poor substitute for the cultivated asparagus[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in any good garden soil[200]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[1]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. The edible young shoots of this plant are sold in local markets in the Mediterranean area[46, 61]. Unlike most members of this genus, this species has hermaphrodite flowers

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Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring or as soon as the seed is ripe in early autumn in a greenhouse. It usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 25°c[134]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[K]. Division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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