Asparagus setaceus (Kunth) Jessop
Asparagus setaceus is a climber.
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 .
The climbers reach heights of 3 to 3,5 metres. The plants reach a width of 0.6 to 1 metres.
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.
The plants form root tubers.
Asparagus setaceus is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
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 -7Â°C (USDA zone 9).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
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.
Asparagus setaceus is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
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.
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