Asparagus asparagoides

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Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce

Asparagaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Asparagus asparagoides is a climber.

Naming

Asparagus asparagoides was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was George Claridge Druce, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Asparagus asparagoides 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 1 to 1,5 metres.

Leaves

Asparagus asparagoides has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are lanceolate and entire.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus asparagoides produces umbels of white campanulate flowers from April to July.

The climbers carry red berries.

Root System

Distribution

Asparagus asparagoides is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and is naturalized in Southern Europe.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Asparagus asparagoides 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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