is a common weed in my garden. Like its close relative,
asparagus-fern, it is distributed by
birds. Sickle thorn
asparagus is cultivated in gardens for its foliage.
asparagus-fern, sickle thorn asparagus is not a twining vine. In this
picture it is actually using asparagus-fern as support, see the
unsupported stem falling out to the right.
The real leaves on this plant are small and don't look at all leaf like. These thin, very sharp thorns are the true leaves. The flattened branches which look like leaves are called cladodes.
is a good view of the tiny flowers.
The fruit is a bright red berry. They are prized by the mockingbirds especially when feedinf nestlings. Which is why it is so common as a weed.
These are the roots of the sickle thorn asparagus showing the tubers.
growing tip of the stem shows
similarity to edible asparagus.
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