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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. Thinly forested slopes, roadsides and waste fields from near sea level to 1700 metres in China., 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. 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. It is often decocted with other herbs and used in the treatment of a wide range of ailments including diabetes mellitus. Prolonged usage is recommended for the treatment of impotence. The root is harvested when . The plant is dormant and is dried for later use. . 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.
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. They are washed to remove the bitterness, the fibrous core is removed and the root is then boiled[46, 179]. It tastes like asparagus. Another report says that the tubers are eaten after preserving in sugar. The fruit is said to be edible. The fruit is about 6 - 8mm in diameter. Another report says that the berries are harmful if eaten.
Cultivation tips: Easily grown in any good garden soil. The plant prefers a rich light well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position. Plants are almost hardy in Britain according to one report, 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. 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. They are washed to remove the bitterness, the fibrous core is removed and the root is then boiled[46, 179]. It tastes like asparagus. Another report says that the tubers are eaten after preserving in sugar. The fruit is said to be edible. The fruit is about 6 - 8mm in diameter. Another report says that the berries are harmful if eaten.