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Asparagus officinalis  L.
Garden asparagus
Asparagus officinalis is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
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Genus: Asparagus
Family: Asparagaceae  
(Liliaceae)
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Toxicity: Possible skin irritation from touching the aboveground parts of this plant.

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Communities: escaped cultivar

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Information about  Asparagus officinalis from other sources
USDA PLANTS Profile (ASOF)

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[Wikipedia] Origin, Etymology: Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus native to Eurasia. Widely cultivated as a vegetable crop, its young shoots are used as a spring vegetable. The English word asparagus derives from classical Latin but the plant was once known in English as sperage, from the Medieval Latin sparagus.[Note 1] This term itself derives from the Greek aspharagos or asparagos, but the Greek terms are of uncertain provenance: the latter form admits the possibility of a Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to jerk, scatter," directly or via a Persian descendant meaning "twig, branch"; but the Ancient Greek word itself, meaning "gully, chasm," seems to be of Pre-Greek origin instead. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/20/2024).