Photographer: Dennis W. Woodland
Asparagus officinalis L.
asparagus, common asparagus, garden asparagus
Asparagus: ancient Greek name
officinalis: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2'-7' tall forb, stems with many branches; from rhizomes|
|Flower: ||greenish to white, 6-parted, 1/4" long, bell to tubular shape, stalked, inflorescence of 1 or 2 opposite pairs of flowers along the stems; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||red, round, 1/8"-1/4" berry|
|Leaf:||scale-like on fine, feathery branches|
|Habitat: ||fields, woods, fencerows, roadsides|