Asparagus cochinchinensis is a perennial found in areas such as E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea. A member of the Asparagaceae family, Asparagus cochinchinensis (Lour.)Merr is also known by its common name of Chinese Asparagus. The perennial can grow to a height of 1.5 meters and up to 1 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Near seashores all over Japan[58]. Thinly forested slopes, roadsides and waste fields from near sea level to 1700 metres in China[266]., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .

Chinese Asparagus is a zone 7 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Chinese Asparagus is 3This species has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years[238]. The dried root is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiseptic, antitussive, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, sialagogue, stomachic, nervous stimulant and tonic[176, 178, 218, 238, 279]. It is taken internally in the treatment of fevers, debility, sore throats, coughs etc[238]. It is often decocted with other herbs and used in the treatment of a wide range of ailments including diabetes mellitus[218]. Prolonged usage is recommended for the treatment of impotence[218]. The root is harvested when . The plant is dormant and is dried for later use[238]. . The plant has a folk history for the treatment of cancer, modern research has detected antitumour activity and it is now being studied for the treatment of lung cancer[218].

Asparagus cochinchinensis is 0 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 5 - 6, and which is pollinated by Bees.

The plant has
an edibility rating of 3Tubers - cooked[1, 61, 177]. The tubers are up to 5 centimeters long and 2m wide[266]. They are washed to remove the bitterness, the fibrous core is removed and the root is then boiled[46, 179]. It tastes like asparagus[22]. Another report says that the tubers are eaten after preserving in sugar[183]. The fruit is said to be edible[183]. The fruit is about 6 - 8mm in diameter[200]. Another report says that the berries are harmful if eaten[238].

Cultivation tips: Easily grown in any good garden soil[200]. The plant prefers a rich light well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position[238]. Plants are almost hardy in Britain according to one report[1], whilst others say that the plants tolerate temperatures down to between -10 and -15°c[200, 238]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring or as soon as the seed is ripe in early autumn in a greenhouse. It usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 25°c[134]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[K]. Division in early spring as . The plant comes into growth.

Tubers - cooked[1, 61, 177]. The tubers are up to 5 centimeters long and 2m wide[266]. They are washed to remove the bitterness, the fibrous core is removed and the root is then boiled[46, 179]. It tastes like asparagus[22]. Another report says that the tubers are eaten after preserving in sugar[183]. The fruit is said to be edible[183]. The fruit is about 6 - 8mm in diameter[200]. Another report says that the berries are harmful if eaten[238].