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Asparagus, or garden asparagus, folk name sparrow grass, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus. Its young shoots are used as a spring vegetable. It was once classified in the lily family, like the related Allium species, onions and garlic. However, genetic research places lilies, Allium, and asparagus in three separate familiesthe Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and Asparagaceae, respectively the Amaryllidaceae and Asparagaceae are grouped together in the order Asparagales. Sources differ as to the native range of Asparagus officinalis, but generally include most of Europe and western temperate Asia. It is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop. Biology Asparagus is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing to 100150 cm (4060 in) tall, with stout stems with much-branched, feathery foliage. The 'leaves' are in fact needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of scale leaves, they are 632 mm (141+14 in) long and 1 mm (132 in) broad, and clustered four to 15 together, in a rose-like shape. The root system, often referred to as a 'crown, ' is adventitious and the root type is fasciculated. The flowers are bell-shaped, greenish-white to yellowish, 4. 56. 5 mm (31614 in) long, with six tepals partially fused together at the base, they are produced singly or in clusters of two or three in the junctions of the branchlets.
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