Bulbous & Succulent Weeds
Asparagus – Climbing
Protasparagus plumosus, Protasparagus setaceous
A very popular indoor plant because of its ability to withstand low light and neglect, this plant is naturalised in sheltered sites and rainforests infesting many hectares on the NSW coast.
- Family Asparagaceae
- Origin South Africa
- Habit Tough, perennial, wiry, twining climbing vine with occasional spines and fine, feathery fern like foliage.
- Leaves Fine, feathery, leaf-like cladodes arranged in horizontal sprays.
- Flowers Flowers are small, greenish-white and arranged at the tips of branches in Summer.
- Fruit Bluish-green berries to 0.5cm across that turn black when ripe in Autumn.
- Roots A tough, woody crown is forged at base of stems, with a comprehensive fleshy root mass radiating out from the crown.
- Dispersal Seed spread by water, animals, birds, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
- Control Difficult to control - crowning, ensure that the crown is removed off site. Remove and bag berries. Follow-up - hand -pull all emerging seedlings. Foliar spray.
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