POISON “ASPARAGUS”

A lot of Investigation and Research has been saved by the Horticultural department of The Corinthian Hotel at Pune, India as they had neatly labelled all the plants in their premises.

The  Deceptive Asparagus Sperengi ( Scientific Name)  Fern  forms numerous  low hedges and boundaries around water bodies and terraces in this expansive and spread out property in Pune, Maharashtra.

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Fruits Aplenty

While the majority of this species of  “Asparagus”  have white flowers I spotted Lavender-Maroon coloured Buds , which you can see in the Featured Image.

Truly a Master of Disguise, is it not?

While the fruits looked extremely tempting I am glad my curiosity never overtook my natural defenses as they are I learnt  , subsequently, Poisonous.

Be careful as this “Asparagus” has Short and Hard Thorns as well.

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Looking even Better when Ripe

I have labelled it Deceptive “Asparagus” as it is not edible like the more familiar Asparagus Spears we know of and consume with relish.

Furthermore it is not a Fern and yet termed “Asparagus Fern”. Ferns do not bear flowers or Fruits and Spores are the means of propagation unlike these Plants.

To cap it all, the Fruits look Gorgeous and Tempting like little Tomatoes but are Poisonous.

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Fresh Sprigs of “Asparagus”

Originally from South Africa they provide great ground cover but if not tended properly can be Invasive as they spread rapidly.

This was a brief introduction to the Deceptive and yet Enchanting ways of Nature.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

21 thoughts on “POISON “ASPARAGUS””

  1. Who in the world named the plant?? It practically invites someone to think it would be edible! There really should be accountability in this type of thing. I suspect the same person who named ‘Horseradish’ is to blame.

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  3. Definitely not what I was expecting when I saw the word Asparagus. I do have this type of plant in some outdoor containers, but I restrict Asparagus consumption to the tall skinny kind. Thank you so much for all of your horticultural expertise. I always learn something new when I look at your blog posts. And thank you for reading about our humble activities in India!

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