Asparagus qinghaiensis Y.Wan
Protasparagus filicinus (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) Kamble
Common Name: Fern Asparagus
Cultivated plant in a pot
Photograph by: Raffi Kojian
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Asparagus filicinus is a perennial plant producing erect stems 50 - 70cm long from a rhizomatous rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens.
E. Asia - China, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.
Loose humus rich soils in forests, 1,700 - 2,700 metres in the Himalayas[
]. Forests, thickets, shady and moist places along valleys; at elevations from 1,200 - 3,000 metres in western China[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Asparagus filicinus is a plant mainly of the warm temperate to subtropical zones, entering into the tropics in Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. Plants are hardy to between -10 and -15°c[
Easily grown in any good garden soil[
]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms must be grown if seed is required.
Young shoots - cooked[
]. Used as a vegetable[
The dried root is antipyretic, antitussive, diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, nervous stimulant and tonic[
Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring or as soon as the seed is ripe in early autumn in a greenhouse. It usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 25°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[
Division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.