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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Asparagus Wild or Garden

Garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

       Blooming from mid spring to early summer, the Wild Asparagus, a member of the Lily (Liliaceae) family is found across all of the United States and prefers moist areas and grows in disturbed areas, open wooded areas, pastures, fields, and along roadsides.
       This non-native plant, introduced from Europe, grows to over six feet tall and produces small greenish tubular, bell shaped flowers less than ¼ inch long and .05 inches wide.
       This plant, in the early spring produces the familiar green asparagus shoots identical to those found in grocery stores.
       The young, nutritious stems or shoots are eatable raw or cooked and the seeds used as a coffee substitute. The plant has medicinally qualities and is used to treat aliments of the intestines, kidneys, and liver.
        It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since they may have bad side effects. Similar species, misidentified, may cause illness or death.

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