Asparagus officinalis 'Purple Passion'

Asparagus

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‘Purple Passion’ is considered a connoisseur’s selection of asparagus with a refined sweet flavor (20% more sugar) which becomes mildly nutty when cooked. 


In April and May, a heavy yield of attractive smoky purple spears is produced.  They can be harvested for about eight weeks before the plants go to seed. 


The spears are tall and have pointed heads.  They are a bit more narrow than ‘Jersey Giant’, but wider than others in the Jersey series.  These purple spears are not stringy like typical asparagus and the whole spear can be cooked without wasting the end. 


Add raw pieces of ‘Purple Passion’ to salads and veggie trays for a touch of color.  The spears will turn green when cooked. 


This variety is said to have some resistance to rust, root and crown rots, and fusarium. 

Interesting Notes:

Turns green when cooked 

Asparagus Growing and Maintenance Tips

Make a trench about 8 inches deep in soil with good drainage and plenty of sun. Add organic matter and a high-phosphorus fertilizer into the bottom of the trench. Asparagus plants are heavy feeders and will stay in the same soil for many years. Space plants about 18 inches apart in the row. Cover the crowns with soil and water moderately to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Gradually fill in the trench as the young plants grow.

Asparagus officinalis 'Purple Passion' Characteristics

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average