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Asparagus stipularis - Forssk.

Common Name
Family Asparagaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry places, vineyards[89].
Range S. Europe to N. Africa - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Asparagus stipularis


Asparagus stipularis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Asparagus stipularis is a PERENNIAL. It is in flower from July to August. 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: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. broussonetii. A. horridus.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Shoots  Stem
Edible Uses:

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

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in any good garden soil[200]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[1]. The flowers are sweetly scented, diffusing their scent about the garden. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Plant 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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TEMPERATE ASIA: Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria EUROPE: Greece (incl. Crete), Italy (Sicilia, Sardegna), Spain, Portugal AFRICA: Spain (Canarias), Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants 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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Readers comment

Stephen Mifsud   Fri Apr 20 2007

Malta Wild Plants Plant profile for the recently rediscoverd (extinct?) plant - Asparagus stipularis in Malta

G. Sterculius   Sun May 13 2007

In Andalucia the stems are collected and eaten, they are as delicious as the cultivated asparagus though strong-tasting and not as sweet. The tubers are also edible, juicy and crunchy like a raw fresh Jerusalem Artichoke with the distinctive taste of asparagus.

Marinella Zepigi   Tue Jun 10 2008

Acta plantarum forum botanico Description - Photos - Asparagus stipularis Forssk.

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