These plants are extremely hardy due to their above ground and below ground storage structures, which are modified leaves, stems and roots.
This group of plants includes all of the Asparagus species. These plants are prolific, hardy (drought-resistant), shade tolerant and highly invasive. They have extensive underground rhizomes that form thick mats capable of reducing water penetration into soil; vigorous vegetative structures that are capable of smothering native vegetation and produce copious amounts of berries (red or black) that are readily consumed and spread by animals and birds. They are also spread by green waste dumping as rhizomes are capable of surviving for long periods of time out of the soil.