Story: Weeds of the bush

Climbing asparagus

Climbing asparagus

Originally from South Africa and introduced to New Zealand about 1970, feathery-leaved climbing asparagus (Asparagus scandens) forms dense patches on the ground and climbs up to about 4 metres. It has tough, long-lived tubers that resprout easily. It tolerates a range of soil types and temperatures, including shady areas beneath the forest canopy. It is found mainly in the North Island. The seeds are dispersed by birds, and the tubers are spread by soil movement and garden dumping. Because the plant is so dense, it deprives native seedlings of light.

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Vines and scramblers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016