Asparagus micranthus Siebold & Zucc. ex Baker
Asparagus parviflorus Turcz.
Asparagus rigidulus Nakai
Asparagus sessiliflorus Oett.
Asparagus sieboldii Maxim.
Asparagus wrightii A.Gray
Asparagus schoberioides is an unarmed, erect, herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of branched stems 40 - 120cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
E. Asia - southeastern Siberia, Russian Far East, Mongolia, northern China, Japan, Korea
Forests and grassy slopes; at elevations from 400 - 2,300 metres in China[
]. Deciduous woods, shrub thickets, and meadows in Siberia[
Asparagus schoberioides is native to the far east of Asia where it is found growing from hardiness zones 2 - 7.
Easily grown in any good garden soil[
]. Prefers a rich sandy loam[
A dioecious species - both male and female forms must be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Young shoots - cooked[
The dried root, decocted with other herbs, is anodyne, antitussive and expectorant[
]. This species is used as a substitute for Cynanchum stauntoni[
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.