Asparagus setaceus

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Asparagus setaceus (Kunth) Jessop

Asparagaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: bipinnate

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Asparagus setaceus is a climber.

Naming

Asparagus setaceus was already described and the name validly published by Karl Sigismund Kunth. It was John Peter Jessop, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Asparagus setaceus 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 3 to 3,5 metres. The plants reach a width of 0.6 to 1 metres.

Leaves

Asparagus setaceus is evergreen. The mid-green, bipinnate leaves are alternate.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus setaceus produces solitary white six-stellate flowers in June.

The climbers produce purple berries from summer to autumn.

Root System

The plants form root tubers.

Distribution

Asparagus setaceus is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 5,5 and 9,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought

Uses

The ornamental value of Asparagus setaceus lies especially in the ornamental leaves. Suited as cut flowers and as indoor plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Poisonousness

Asparagus setaceus is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

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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