I noticed this plant last week. It started off with as a little stub, and grew straight up without branching and then at about 3 feet, created this branched structure. In about 2 weeks time, it grew from nothing to 6 feet now.

Can someone tell me what plant this is please? Should I kill it or let it be?

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Edit: Country/Region - UK/London

  • 6
    Looks like asparagus to me
    – kevinskio
    Commented May 27, 2014 at 16:43
  • Did it look like these when it first sprouted?
    – Niall C.
    Commented May 27, 2014 at 18:08
  • @waxeagle - Thank you. I have added a little more in the description. Thank you everybody. I didn't realise asparagus grows this quickly and to these heights!
    – Prav
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 17:41

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That is garden asparagus. The female plants produce berries, which birds eat. The seeds are distributed through the droppings. That plant looks like a two to three year old one. If you want to keep it (many people do), you may want to move it to an area with more space. These things can get up to eight feet tall and wide in really good conditions, but even a normally sized plant (6 1/2' tall and wide) needs a good bit of room. I usually weed these out as seedlings before they get too established. I keep a small (75') row near the house so I have to pull a lot of seedlings in the landscaped beds.


It looks like an asparagus shoot to me. Did the little stub look like this before it shot up? If so, I think we can say pretty confidently that that's what it is.

Are there other shoots coming from the base, or just this one?

  • There is another shoot coming from near the base. There is another shoot (that's grown to 4 feet) about 10 feet away.
    – Prav
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 17:43

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