Asparagus falcatus

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Asparagus falcatus L.

Asparagaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: falcate

Division: simple

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 falcatus, commonly known as sickle thorn asparagus, is a climber.

Naming

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

Taxonomy

Asparagus falcatus 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 6 to 7 metres.

Leaves

Asparagus falcatus is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are falcate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus falcatus produces white six-stellate flowers from July to August.

The climbers carry red berries.

Root System

Distribution

Asparagus falcatus is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, tropical Africa and Sri Lanka.

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

The ornamental value of Asparagus falcatus lies especially in the ornamental leaves.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Asparagus falcatus 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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