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Mary Washington Asparagus (Green asparagus)

Mary Washington Asparagus

Mary Washington Asparagus

Mary Washington Asparagus

Mary Washington Asparagus

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.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 7.0 to 7.2

Hardiness Zones

  • 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

Do you grow Mary Washington asparagus? Do they thrive in your garden? Please tell us about your Mary Washington asparagus.


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