Asparagus officinalis

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Asparagus officinalis
COMMON NAME(S): Asparagus
FAMILY: ASPARAGACEAE - Asparagus family
ORIGIN: Eurasia and North Africa
HABITAT: Vegetable gardens, supermarket produce; naturalized in some areas
HEIGHT: 3-4'
CHARACTERISTICS: Green, much-branched; ultimate branchlets leaf-like, linear
LEAVES: Reduced to scale-like structures
FLOWERS: Greenish-white, 1/8" wide, bell-shaped, drooping, borne in clusters of 1-4 from the leaf axils
FLOWERING SEASON: Late spring to summer
FRUITS: Red berry, 1/4" in diameter, with single black seed


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