Asparagus scandens

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Asparagus scandens Thunb.

Asparagaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

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 scandens is a climber.

Naming

Asparagus scandens was described by Carl Peter Thunberg in 1794. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Asparagus scandens 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 1,8 to 2 metres.

Leaves

Asparagus scandens is evergreen. The simple leaves are alternate. They are lanceolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus scandens produces white six-stellate flowers from September to January.

The climbers carry orange berries.

Root System

Distribution

Asparagus scandens 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. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Asparagus scandens 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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