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PlantFiles: Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis 'Argentuil'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asparagus (a-SPARE-uh-gus) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Argentuil

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bellsp On Jan 25, 2013, Bellsp from Warrington, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I'm in north Florida and so far, so good. It came up from seed and is now about 11/2' tall. I love asparagus and had good luck with 'Victoria' and 'Mary Washington' in North Alabama. I wanted to try in this zone to grow asparagus and decided to try this 'new to me' heirloom. So far, it's handling the heat:)

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 4, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Known as the the "White Asparagus of Argenteuil" in France's open markets dating back to the 1700's. It is both quite early with very large in regards to its spears in comparison to other varieties. A wonderful round top and purple scaled heirloom selection for blanching with a sweet taste.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pensacola, Florida

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