For more than a century, Mary Washington asparagus has been a favorite among U.S. gardeners. This traditional heirloom variety has a delicious flavor, with green spears and light purple tips—a real classic. Mary Washington also offers feathery, graceful foliage and can tolerate partial shade. Though heirloom asparagus varieties take a little more work to get started, Mary Washington asparagus will reward you with bountiful yields for years to come.
- Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)
- 7.0 to 7.2
- 3 to 8
- 12 inches apart
- Water deeply 1 inch a week; do not let soil completely dry out
- Long green spears with purple tips
- Graceful green, feather foliage
- Plant grows to 7 feet, spears to 8 inches
- Produces male and female plants
- A traditional asparagus that is delicious any way you serve it
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