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Scientific Name

Asparagus Spp (aethiopicus, africanus, plumosus)
Category:
Weed

Asparagus Fern is a multi-branched scrambler that grows along the ground, forming a dense mat of tuberous roots. Spiny branches grow to 60cm. It produces white flowers in late summer followed by red berries.

Family: Liliaceae- Asparagaceae

Origin: South Africa

Habit: perennial plant forms dense blankets of growth above ground

Leaves: The "leaves", which occur in clusters of 1-5, are really cladodes forming on persistent stems 1-2 m long arising from a central corm or crown

Flowers: white-pink flowers, each about 5 mm in diameter

Fruit: berry, 5-8 mm wide, green at first then maturing to a glossy red. It contains one or a few black, globular seeds 3-5 mm diameter.

Roots: The root system forms dense underground clumps and mats

Dispersal: asparagus reproduces both by seed and vegetatively from its crown or corm. Spread occurs through the sale of nursery stock to gardeners, the dumping of garden waste containing crowns, fruits and seeds, and when birds feed on the fruit and disperse the seed.

General Biosecurity Duty

All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Prohibition on dealings 

Must not be imported into the State or sold

Control

Wear thick gloves. Using secateurs cut off stems about 20cm above soil level and place in a bag. Using a knife, peter lever or mattock, cut around crown to sever roots and water tubers. Lift out crown and bag and place in garbage bin. Water tubers can be left in the ground.

More information

Department of Primary Industries