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Asparagus aethiopicus L.

Mant.Pl. 63 (1767)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Rhizomatous and tuberous, perennial, herb and climber, to 1.5 m high. Fl. white & pink, Mar. Grey sand. Coastal dunes.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 6 October 2004


IBRA Regions
Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Melville, Stirling.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Ground Asparagus, Basket Asparagus.

General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Perennial rhizome/tuber. Reproduction. Primarily seed, occasionally rhizome/tubers. Dispersal. Birds, water, soil. Time to first flowering. 1-2 years. Seedbank persistence. Medium, 1-5 years. Fire response. Generally survives fire.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.

Suggested method of management and control. Spray 0.2 g metsulfuron methyl + Pulse® in 15 L water (or 2.5 - 5g/ha + Pulse®). Best results when flowering. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Dormant Y Y                 Y Y  
Active Growth     Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y O O  
Flowering               Y Y        
Germination   Y Y Y                  
Optimum Treatment             Y Y          

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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