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Asparagus albus - L.
                 
Common Name
Family Asparagaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats High plateaux in hedges and scrub[46, 50].
Range Europe - W. and C. Mediterranean. N. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Asparagus albus


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Physical Characteristics
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Asparagus albus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[46, 61, 177]. A poor substitute for the cultivated asparagus[2].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Easily grown in any good garden soil[200]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[1]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. The edible young shoots of this plant are sold in local markets in the Mediterranean area[46, 61]. Unlike most members of this genus, this species has hermaphrodite flowers
Propagation
Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring or as soon as the seed is ripe in early autumn in a greenhouse. It usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 25°c[134]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[K]. Division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Author
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Botanical References
50200
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