Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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camera icon Common Name: Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Asparagus officinalis
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asparagus officinalis
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asparagus officinalis 041-01-001

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933) Asparagus officinalis

Flowers pendant; pedicels w a conspicuous swollen joint; perianth campanulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

camera icon Common Name: Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Asparagus aethiopicus
(?) PLANTS National Database: Asparagus aethiopicus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America Asparagus aethiopicus

Flowers are white or pale pink, very fragrant, small and hardly noticeable, per Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

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"The following chronological synopsis of flora accounts of Microstegium is perhaps instructive: not treated by Small (1933), 'local' (Fernald 1950), 'rarely introduced and possibly not established' (Gleason & Cronquist 1952), 'sporadically naturalized' (Godfrey & Wooten 1979), 'a rapidly spreading pernicious invader on moist ground, too common' (Wofford 1989)... This species has become a very serious pest, now ranking as one of the most destructive introduced plants in our area, forming extensive and dense patches, sprawling over and eliminating nearly all other herbaceous plants. Eradication is very difficult, and considering its obvious colonizing abilities, only temporary." — Alan Weakley, Weakley's Flora