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Asparagus setaceus - (Kunth.)Jessop.

Common Name Asparagus Fern, Common asparagus fern, Plumosa Fern
Family Asparagaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mainly found in moist forests from Southern Cape province to Natal and north to Malawi.
Range S. Africa.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Asparagus setaceus Asparagus Fern, Common asparagus fern, Plumosa Fern


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Asparagus setaceus Asparagus Fern, Common asparagus fern, Plumosa Fern
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Asparagus setaceus is an evergreen Climber growing to 3 m (9ft 10in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). . The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Protasparagus setaceus. (Kunth.)Oberm.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots[177]. No more details are given but it is likely that they are cooked and used like asparagus[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Container, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Seashore. Easily grown in any good garden soil[200]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[1]. This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c[260]. It might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country if given a warm sheltered position[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

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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

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

(Kunth.)Jessop.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

Paul Darrington   Wed Feb 6 2008

Asparagus plumosus is a noxious weed here in Australia. It produces many small, watery tubers that have a very bland taste. Despite the bland taste, the fact that it grows in such abundance, would make it an ideal wild edible, however.. I can not find any information on its ediblity or constituents (tubers or berries), and therefore would not reccomend it to anyone as an edible. so far we have had no reactions to eat, in the small quantites we've consumed (raw). amongst its bland watery flavour, there is a very very mild flavour of some alkaloid. sorry i could not provide a conclusive 'yes or no' on this yet.

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