Asparagus is a well known vegetable whose succulent tips are harvested in spring and are best freshly picked, then quickly and lightly cooked, maybe with a bit of melted butter. Anyway that’s how it’s usually used but we actually use it in tropical beds and borders as a contrasting foliage plant.
The stems reach up to 150cm and the soft, feathery foliage, which are actually needle like cladodes (modified stems), complement thicker, larger leaved exotics very well. Later in the summer bright red berries are produced and look gorgeous against the darker green feathery foliage. If growing for the foliage position in full sun with a well drained soil. If growing as a vegetable you will need to maintain a weed free bed specifically for the asparagus so you get the best cropping. Connovers Colossal certainly does not disappoint on the cropping and although they should be given two years to establish before harvesting it will reward you with thick, purple tinted spears in profusion each spring.
Asparagus officinalis is naturally a maritime plant tolerating salt laden soils where other plants will not grow. This along with it’s wind tolerance makes it ideal for coastal planting.
Sent as a young plant in a 9cm pot. May be cut back for shipping. Sent as dormant plants if ordering between early Winter to early Spring.