Sweet Purple Asparagus
Asparagus 'Sweet Purple'
Sweet Purple Asparagus stems
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 30 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Rich, succulent, and sweet purple spears are tender and less stringy; mild nutty flavor when cooked; fine feathery foliage for the rest of the growing season; cut back in spring; fusarium resistant, enrich soil with compost
Sweet Purple Asparagus is a perennial vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. The stems are usually harvested from mid to late spring. The stems have a sweet taste and a soft texture.
The stems are most often used in the following ways:
Planting & Growing
Sweet Purple Asparagus will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.
This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.