Wild Asparagus is an outstanding vegetable and is our native asparagus and is endemic to Western Europe.
Recent evidence indicates that wild asparagus is a separate species to garden asparagus. The barley like stems reach about 16-24 mm long. The flowers are small and green and produce bright red berries later. The UK has 28 sites on the coasts of southern and south-west England and Wales. Elsewhere, the species occurs on the coasts of many European countries.
It is rare and threatened in Belgium and Ireland, and may be extinct in Germany, but is locally abundant in Spain and parts of France where most of our supplies come from. It mainly occurs within a few hundred metres of the sea in open, grassy vegetation, more rarely in course scrub. It generally occurs on sea cliffs and occasionally on sand dunes.