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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