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Polygonatum cirrhifolium



25th June 2006

A widespread species from Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sikkim and China. Curly tips to the leaves assist it in scrambling through other vegetation. Dull greenish white flowers in clusters in the leaf axils.
I have just read a comment that the young shoots can be boiled and used as a substitute for asparagus. It is an interesting idea, but what world would you have to live on that you found asparagus so hard to obtain that you had to settle for Polygonatum cirrhifolium ?
More realistically, the same source gives it a usefulness rating of 1 out of 5!

25th June 2006



22nd June 2008