Posted by: Sian Musgrave | September 23, 2011

Wild asparagus on Gower

Another lovely day in my outdoor office – this time in the company of Tim and colleagues from the National Museum of Wales, looking at wild asparagus.

This beautiful and very rare plant can be found in two places on Gower, so we have to try and make sure we don’t lose it.  Last year we had to rescue a plant that was slowly being destroyed by path erosion, so we planted some of its roots on the slope nearby.  Today we were checking to see if anything had survived and – yes!   Success – we have doubled the population!

The plants are remarkably difficult to find but this time of year the females have beautiful bright red berries, so that made the job a bit easier!  We collected some of the seeds and then planted them to try and strengthen the populations at both sites.

 Oh, and if you were thinking of eating it – don’t – it’s disgustingly bitter!! 

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