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Asparagus 'Purple Passion'

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Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asparagus (a-SPARE-uh-gus) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Passion
Additional cultivar information: (aka Purple, Passion Violette)

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Vegetables
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive HeatherY On Sep 25, 2012, HeatherY from Kensington, NY wrote:

Positive: HARDY GROWER I planted crowns ( about 8 of them ) on the side of the garden with dwarf beach plums, thinking that both plants needed the extra enrichment of deep hole with rich soil for a good start., now they are lots of purple spears and VERY TALL FERNS (5 feet) ...can I trim the ferns down?

Positive RebeccaLynn On Apr 16, 2011, RebeccaLynn from Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

My Purple Passion asparagus plants are pleasant bedfellows with the Mary Washingtons and Jersey Knights in my 5' x 16' asparagus bed. Having established the bed nine years ago with Mary Washingtons and adding the other two varieties over the years, we are enjoying a plentiful harvest of delicious, plump asparagus speers this spring. I continue to enrich the bed with leafy compost, cow manure and rotted sawdust. In our suburban neighborhood, many are unfamiliar with the growth cycle of asparagus, and they remark in late summer "what a pretty fern garden you have!"

Positive possumdog On Apr 9, 2007, possumdog from Silver Springs, NV wrote:

Planted 10 roots of this and 10 of Jersey Knight last year. Despite a troublesome high desert "spring" with 80 degree temperatures one week and freezing the next, the purple is already several feet high and I have actually gotten to harvest a few spears that were 1/2 inch thick. The creatures that usually decimate anything green in the desert don't seem to recognize the purple as food (yet). I am afraid to actually think I found something that likes to grow here -- a crop can do well one year and not the next-- but for 2 springs the pruple has just shot up. No sign of the Jersey Knight yet except two pencil diameter spears. It may need to get warmer.

Neutral melody On Oct 30, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have not grown this plant yet, information only.

Supposedly more sweet and tender than the green varieties. This plant produces a decent harvest, but since it is not all male, yields will be somewhat smaller than an all male variety.

The purple spears will turn green when cooked.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 3, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A burgundy colored spear with a creamy green interior from California Asparagus Seed and Tranplants.

Regional...

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

Danbury, Connecticut
Belding, Michigan
Silver Springs, Nevada
Elba, New York
Kensington, New York
Winston-salem, North Carolina
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Brookshire, Texas



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