Asparagus acutifolius

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Asparagus acutifolius L.

Asparagaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: half shade   8

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Coniferous leaves: clustered

Division: not specified

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Asparagales

Asparagus acutifolius is a climber.

Naming

Asparagus acutifolius was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Asparagus acutifolius is a species in the genus Asparagus which contains approximately 217 to 242 species and belongs to the family of the Asparagaceae (Asparagus Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 50 to 100 centimetres.

Leaves

Asparagus acutifolius is evergreen. The leaves are alternate. They are acicular.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus acutifolius produces light yellow six-stellate flowers from July to October.

The climbers produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Asparagus acutifolius is native to the Iberian Peninsula, France, the Apennine Peninsula, the Balkan Peninsula, Turkey and North Afrika.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Asparagus acutifolius is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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