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Asparagus officinalus
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Common Name(s): Asparagus
Family: Liliaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Invasiveness:
Growing Days: 160 to 270 (days)
Temperature:
Abs.Max=100° (F)    Opt.Max=77° (F)
Opt.Min=55° (F)    Abs.Min=43° (F)
Precipitation: 31 to 47 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -40° (F)
Soil pH: 6.5 to 8
Soil Texture/Type: Deep sand or loam
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day, short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright
Comments:
Prefers soils of medium depth and high fertility. Fair salt tolerance. Requires dormant period resulting from cold temperatures (soil temperature of 10 degrees Celsius) or dry conditions.
Diseases:
Phytothora, Sclerotinia, Cercospora, Rhizoctonia, Rust, Anthrachose
Uses:
Food - vegetable, Poison - mammals
Woodiness:
Herbaceous
Climate:
Subtropical, temperate, steppe and semi-arid, tropical-wet and dry
Geographical Origin:
Northern Africa, Asia Temp, Europe, Widely cultivated

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