OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asparagus officinalis   FAMILY Asparagaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asparagus officinalis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-01-001:
Asparagus officinalis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Asparagus officinalis

 

COMMON NAME:
Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass


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image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asof_001_lvd

        

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm100607_005

June    Greenville County    SC

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm140623_174

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Cladophylls (stems w form & function of lvs) in clusters of ~4-15, filiform, per Flora of North America.

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm170826_802

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Berries bright red, globose, 5-10mm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm180906_4591

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm180906_4593

September    Greenville County    SC

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

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm061106_010

November    Greenville County    SC

Perianth of 6 separate segments, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Sparrowgrass

JK Marlow    jkm061106_025

November    Greenville County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asparagus officinalis   FAMILY Asparagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asparagus officinalis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-01-001:
Asparagus officinalis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Asparagus officinalis

 

Find by scientific name:

3510

Forb
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: Eurasia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Commonly cultivated and escaped

Look for it to have escaped to fencerows, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

LEAVES:
Cladophylls and simple scalelike leaves
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow or yellowish-green
Unisexual
6 tepals, perianth campanulate
6 included stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers in 1-3 flowered axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Bright red
Berry

 

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