Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Garden Asparagus - Asparagus officinalis   L.
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Section 5 » Order Liliales » Family Asparagaceae
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DistributionThroughout the state; perhaps in every county.

Native of the Old World; in N.A. essentially throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.
AbundanceInfrequent to frequent. Often found as single plants.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, pastures, railroads, yard weed, waste ground, etc.
PhenologyFlowering April-June, fruiting July-October.
IdentificationGarden Asparagus is an odd-looking plant with its green photosynthetic stems up to 6 feet tall and numerous curved and drooping branches -- looking very bushy. The branches produce abundant needle-like cladophylls, which also are photosynthetic. The flowers are small, yellowish, bell-like, on short curved stalks.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5?
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B.A. SorrieSame data, flowers. LeePhoto_non_natural
B.A. SorrieRoadside, Lee County, June 2015. LeePhoto_non_natural
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