From what I can tell, mostly grown for its frilly foliage. I grew it from seed several years ago, set a few seedlings in a holding area, and for years I'd lose track of them because they would be late to emerge and didn't attain a size that made me take note. But after some time, I transplanted them to the side garden, where they still live, and seem to be getting more assertive. Still small and easy to overlook, but mighty cute upon close inspection. They are just like a miniature version of their common asparagus cousins, emerging first as tiny replicas of the tender vegetable, before erupting into a tangle of dilly-frilly leaves. The photo at top left was taken two weeks after the one at top right. A few weeks later, tiny white flowers appear along the stems.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Ghazal||Mar 30, 2012||Is the plant in the photo on the right side still edible?
I haven't tried to eat this species in any state - but its regular vegetable cousin is only eaten in its tender shoot form. I would guess that it gets tough and possibly bitter once the side shoots develop.
|HK||Oct 16, 2020||Young shoots of this species are eaten in Japan and treated as some sort of delicacy.|
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