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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Asparagus is an unusual plant that is primarily cultivated for its edible tender young shoots in the spring. When mature, it has large ferny foliage that is pale green.

    Latin Name

    Asparagus officinalis


    Family

    Asparagaceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials
    Vegetables Vegetables

    Seasons

    Spring Spring

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 4'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Rabbit

  • Colors


    Native Range

    North and South America


    History

    George Washington was growing asparagus in his south (lower) garden in 1785.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

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