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Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) 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) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Apr 16, 2011, RebeccaLynn from Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is the 9th spring for my asparagus bed and it just gets better and better! I began with a dozen Mary Washington crowns because that was the only variety locally available. Over the years I have continued to build up the bed with leafy compost, cow manure, and rotted sawdust. I have also added Jersey Knight and Purple Passion which I ordered from catalogs. We have had plentiful rains this spring and and we are cutting an abundance ot beautiful speers every other day. The bed is about 5' x 16' which is perfect for a family of 4 and enough for sharing with neighbors.
Perennial grown for tender edible new shoots that appear in early spring. I put in twelve crowns last spring and let them go to flower and seed over the summer. About three fruited (red berries form along the stem)-- this is supposed to be a variety with fewer females ie. more shoot-forming energy, less seed-forming. This spring I already have about a dozen 1 cm x 15 cm spears-- they are delicious! Needs a permanent dedicated spot-- mine are in part shade.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Fayetteville, Arkansas St Petersburg, Florida Dasher, Georgia Hampton, Illinois Foxborough, Massachusetts Belding, Michigan Marietta, Mississippi Natchez, Mississippi Corvallis, Montana White Horse, New Jersey Cary, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Scappoose, Oregon Murfreesboro, Tennessee Everman, Texas Godley, Texas