||Tall, lacy, ferny plant, to 6 feet. Leaves
replaced by very short, green photosynthesizing branches.
True leaves reduced to scarcely noticeable scales. Flowers
tiny, white to greenish, hanging on long stalks from the main
branches. Fruit a bright red berry. Blooms in early
This alien is the same species that produces
the springtime edible asparagus sprouts. It occasionally
escapes into fields and waste places. In Wildwood,
occasional along Wildwood Drive.
A distinctive plant, unlikely to be confused with anything
else in the Park. The houseplant, asparagus fern, is a