Vascular – Exotic
Terrestrial. Forest margins, understorey, shrublands; waste areas, abandoned gardens - often appearing in hedgerows.
Slender, scrambling or climbing perennial. Rootstock a cluster of fleshy tubers, often massive compared with the delicate size of the aerial stems and foliage. Stems to 3.8 m tall, almost woody below, green and much-branched above. Branches widely spreading with branchlets fern-like and cladodes all lying in one plane. Cladodes needle-like, extremely fine, 3-7 mm long, 7-20 at each node. Small white flowers are held at the end of the stems in groups of up to 4. Small (6mm diam) round dark purple-black berries containing 1-3 black seeds.
Slender, scrambling or climbing plant as with climbing asparagus. Note 7-20 cladodes (leaf-like) projections from each node of the main stem, are very fine and needle-like and distinguish this species.
asparagus: An old Greek name for this plant possibly derived from a- (an intensifier) and sparasso ‘to tear’, referring to the prickles of some species
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
produces small black globose seeds
1-3 seeds per berry, viability unknown.
Will tolerate deep shade.