Plant A Day – Garden Asparagus

Garden Asparagus Asparagus officinalis

Garden Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis

Asparagus is another garden plant that escapes to the wild and can persist for a long time.  I have a patch growing out back that was there when we bought the place twenty years ago and it’s still going strong.  Once I tried to divide some plants out to give a friend and found watermelon-sized roots that practically took a backhoe to remove.  I’m guessing those plants will be there long after we’re gone.

Asparagus has delicate little flowers that are barely noticeable in the spring

Asparagus has delicate little flowers that are barely noticeable in the spring

The fresh shoots are a real treat in the springtime. I just pluck them and eat them raw right in the garden!

The fresh shoots are a real treat in the springtime. I just pluck them and eat them raw right in the garden!

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