Asparagus officinalis wild asparagus Liliaceae ASOF*; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); NY (DeCandido 2001); Q, tl; K, fl, pl; R (DeCandido 2001);


Asparagus officinalis.en,


Asparagus officinalis is a perennial herb; a monocotyledon, to 2 m tall, plant green, upright, ultimate branches feathery, 0.8-1.5 cm, hair-thin. 

Asparagus officinalis mature plants.

Asparagus officinalis mature plants. (Accessed 10/2017).

Leaves reduced to inconspicuous scales, branches and stems carry out photosynthetic functions. 

Flowers green, 0.3-0.5 cm wide, radially symmetrical, 6-parted, bell-shaped; pollinated by insects, May-June. 

Fruit red, fleshy, 0.8 cm, eaten by birds, which disperse the seeds, May-June. 

Asparagus officinalis, flower close-up. photo by Leo Michels. (Accessed 10/2017).

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. Apparently widespread but not common. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Open, relatively undisturbed areas, roadsides, salt marsh edges.  

Asparagus officinalis. fruit.

Asparagus officinalis. fruit. (Accessed 10/2017).

: Escaped food plant, unexpanded shoots edible.