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Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

Protasparagus setaceus. (Kunth.)Oberm.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Asparagus Fern
Asparagus setaceus

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots[177]. No more details are given but it is likely that they are cooked and used like asparagus[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
Easily grown in any good garden soil[200]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[1]. This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3¡c[260]. It might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country if given a warm sheltered position[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
S. Africa.

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