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Purple Passion Asparagus (Purple asparagus)

Purple Passion Asparagus

Purple Passion Asparagus

Purple Passion Asparagus

Purple Passion Asparagus

Considered the gourmet’s choice, Purple Passion asparagus is one of the most popular purple varieties. It contains 20% more sugar than green asparagus and takes on a nutty flavor—and turns green—when cooked. Purple Passion asparagus spears are so sweet and tender they can be eaten straight from the garden, as a raw snack with your favorite dip. Not only are the spears a beautiful color, but the Purple Passion’s foliage is light and airy with creamy yellow to green flowers. This asparagus variety is a real stunner in the garden and on your plate!

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.5 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 3 to 10


  • 6 to 8 inches apart


  • Water deeply 1 inch a week; do not let soil completely dry out


  • Large, deep purple spears
  • Somewhat resistant to rust and rot
  • Plant grows to 3 to 4 feet; cut spears at 5 inches for best flavor
  • Produces mostly all-male plants
  • The connoisseur’s choice, raw or cooked

Have you tried growing Purple Passion asparagus? How do you use it? Please tell us your experiences growing Purple Passion asparagus.


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