Source: California Invasive Plant Council


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Asparagus asparagoides (bridal creeper or African asparagus fern)

Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Asparagus asparagoides (bridal creeper or African asparagus fern) is a rhizomatous perennial herb (family Liliaceae) found in riparian woodlands of Californiaís central and south coast. Asparagus asparagoides colonizes both disturbed areas and undisturbed native habitats, but its current distribution is very limited. Plant shoots can form dense mats that limit light levels and then die back in the summer, creating a fire hazard. Plant colonies may also form a dense tuberous mat underground, preventing other plants from accessing soil moisture and nutrients.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Resources on Asparagus asparagoides

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Randall, R. P. and S. G. S. Lloyd (2003). Weed warning from downunder: The weed potential of selected South African plants in cultlivation in California. CalEPPC News. 11: 4-6.
  • Giessow, J. (2000). Plant of potential concern: Asparagus asparagoides. CalEPPC News. 9: 7-8.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Ratay, S. and J. Knapp (2007). Figs and bridal creeper: Two stubborn weeds that require ingenuity. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2007. San Diego, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
  • Knapp, J. (2004). A gardenerís dream, a land managerís nightmare: The spread of horticultural invasive plants into the wildlandsof Santa Catalina Island. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.
  • Pirosko, C. and S. Schoenig (2004). Forbs working group. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.

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