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Purple Passion Asparagus

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Sweet and mild. With 20% more natural sugar, burgundy asparagus has sweeter stalks than green asparagus! These vitamin-rich spears are so tender, you can eat them right out of your garden. You’ll love the unique, nutty flavor. Stalks turn green when cooked. Cold hardy and heat-tolerant. Harvest from early April through mid May. Mostly all-male plants. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Yellow
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Early April To Mid May
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Nutty
Texture Firm Smooth
Years to Bear 3
Zone Range 3 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 3 - 4' tall x 12 - 24" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 12 - 24" apart to ensure room for growth.


Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow asparagus plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I had previously ordered strawberry sets which were of superior quality and are currently thriving so I knew that I could count on the same success. ????
Peggy H on Jun 3, 2020
the zone I live in, only option.
William R on Jun 2, 2020
I had previously ordered strawberry sets which were of superior quality and are currently thriving so I knew that I could count on the same success. ????
Peggy H on Jun 3, 2020
on sale and want to plant them
Carole B on Jun 3, 2020
the zone I live in, only option.
William R on Jun 2, 2020
Only ones left
Karyn F on May 31, 2020
Grows well in my zone
Jeff F on May 30, 2020
WESLEY D on May 30, 2020
I ordered this from Miller in 2011 and I want more
Mary Kathleen W on May 29, 2020
i like asparagus and would like to try and grow it myself. the description says this variety is sweeter than the green.
mary d on May 29, 2020
Need more asparagus.
Martha M on May 29, 2020
Just what I wanted
Curt B on May 28, 2020
You make it look delicious . Lol
Dorothy C on May 28, 2020
I just had some from my CSA, very tender!
Ann H on May 28, 2020
Only ones available
Sharon C on May 28, 2020
I love asparagus and you are out of the kind I wanted.
Michael A on May 28, 2020
It's easier to see when it comes up
Anna G on May 27, 2020
Food forest
RHONDA C on May 26, 2020
I wanted to try different varieties of Asparagus and this will pare well with my Martha Washington Asparagus. I also like the purple color.
Melinda D on May 25, 2020
I flat love asparagus and purple is the best !!! Wish I could get more
shelley s on May 25, 2020
Best tasting asparagus ever.
Barbara O on May 25, 2020
On sale, plus good reviews.
Warren B on May 25, 2020
Sweeter spears than green asparagus and a great price.
Joannal L on May 25, 2020
Have an established bed of Jersey Knight, thought I'd try something else.
ROBERT T on May 24, 2020
Friend share it this year and love it
Kham K on May 23, 2020
This variety (PP-Asparasus) is self pollinating, and has a sweeter flavor than any green asparagus that I've tasted. It is very versital; raw in salads, sauted as a side dish alone or paired with other veggies (onions, mushrooms, blackened peas, etc).
Joyce M on May 23, 2020
Best varietyi
CATHERINE S on May 23, 2020
Nicholas R on May 23, 2020
Never tried these before
Sherry D on May 23, 2020
Need to fill in a patch. These have worked well
JOHN T on May 23, 2020
Reviews and description
Brenda Y on May 22, 2020
Delicious and tender
Dan N on May 22, 2020
sounds good
Margaret M on May 22, 2020
Previous purchased starts grew the best in my garden.
Cynthia S on May 21, 2020
I heard they were really good and I want to learn how to grow asparagus.
Alex C on May 20, 2020
Looking for purple asparagus for an ornamental/edible hedge, this was a good price
Charles K on May 19, 2020
While the crop may not be as plentiful as other types, PP will deliver a nice, thick, tender stalk that has incredible natural sweetness to it. I like to call it the "Steak" of the asparagus family. So very yummy. The purple turns green when you steam it. I'm ordering more to populate a second row. Freezes well too.
Bertie R on May 19, 2020
never have grown this variety selected because of color your shipping charges are outrageous
charles g on May 19, 2020
No idea
Jason B on May 19, 2020
I love asparagus
Georgia D on May 19, 2020
My vegetable garden is integrated with the hillside perennial garden on a very visible slope.....and the purple color and asparagus texture will accent my garden well, while providing food for the table. Also, if I am growing my own food, I prefer a variety that I am less likely to see in the market. My husband and I LOVE asparagus. Teenage boys do not....but they will be heading out into the world soon it we get to enjoy the asparagus without the disgusted faces.
Patricia N on May 15, 2020
I chose these to fill in missing spaces in my asparagus garden. I will not pick the purple ones next year.
Wesley S on May 12, 2020
Sounds fantastic !
Gina M on May 12, 2020
It was new to me and I really like the Washington variety
Sarah P on May 8, 2020
I tried it from the farmers market and thought why not? Unfortunately the first roots were bought from a national store and did not grow. So when you offered the shipping for$5.55 I said yes
Margaret F on May 5, 2020
Very nice size shoots, and very tasty .
O N on May 5, 2020
On sale and I've never heard of this variety. Says its more nutritious then the green ones
Deneen H on May 3, 2020
To try
betsy w on May 2, 2020
Always happy with stark bros products.
Jonathan C on May 1, 2020
Because we love asparagus and I had these at my last house and I want them at my new house.
Barbarak on Apr 26, 2020
sweeter? pretty?
Sue H on Apr 26, 2020
Proven winner
Terry E on Apr 25, 2020
on sale and want to plant them
Carole B on Jun 3, 2020
Only ones left
Karyn F on May 31, 2020
What is the powder (from shipping) covering the bare root asparagus crowns?
sarah e on Jun 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's a lime dusting to prevent mold in transit. You can plant as-is or rinse to remove the dust prior to planting if you prefer.
How long until it produces edible asparagus?
Wanda H on Jun 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm by no means an expert gardener, but they came up beautifully and I didn't harvest any until the second year and then only a few, so that they would get a better footing. I plan to really harvest next spring!
Can I plant purple asparagus next to my regular asparagus?
Cyndy R on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did- they were at the end of two rows of a different kind, and seem to be coming up just fine. Of course, they are just babies, first planted last year, so it will take a year or so to know how well they really do.
How tall do the ferns grow?
Russell O on Sep 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: On my 1-2 year old plants the fern height is 24"-36". Older plants show fern growth 30"-48". My windy location tends to push them over, with no adverse effect observed.
On the Stark Bro's website you suggest to harvest Asparagus from early April through mid May. Is it not OK to eat it through the year as long as it producing spears?
Barry B on Apr 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have read on other web sites that harvesting only during this period will allow the plants to be more productive in the future. By allowing the ferns to grow, it will be replenishing nutrients for future production and result in healthier plants.
what is the difference between bare root and gallon container when ordering asparagus plants?
Cisco on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've only planted bare root. By the second year I was getting some asparagus that was big enough to pick and eat and they've gotten bigger and more productive each year. I have used small wire baskets in which to plant them as I have a gopher problem. If I were to do it all over I would plant them in a protected raised bed.
Can you grow roots on a mature asparagus in a glass of water?
Robin V on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I really don't know (I'm not a botanist...) but I doubt it. The "mature" asparagus stalk that you harvest is actually a young shoot that will grow into a mature fern-like plant up to several feet tall over the course of the summer. But the part of the asparagus plant from which roots would seem likely to emerge is the perennial "crown" that is several inches underground, such as you planted to start your asparagus bed. So I doubt that you could get roots to grow from a young asparagus stalk, though you never know. No harm in trying, anyway! There are rooting hormones that plant propagators use to easily root certain plant cuttings ... perhaps something of this sort might facilitate root growth in an asparagus stalk? ...hope this helps! Peter A.
This is the first year I planted purple passion asparagus. Two of the plants are covered in relatively large green berries. Does this mean these are female plants? Is there anything special I should do?
Debbie on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the berry producers are female. Pick them off (do not eat the berries), as you don???t want the plant to put energy into berry production. Good luck! My asparagus is going gang-busters and gave us a nice crop in early summer.
What does this plant look like when I plant it?
Carol P on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I received bare root crowns. They looked like regular asparagus crowns some were small (with only 5-6 roots some were quite large with 10+ roots. The crowns weren't purple at all -- the spears were the only purple part. Hope this helps!
Are the purple passion asparagus container compatible?
Kristen L on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't believe any asparagus would be. They need to have three years before you harvest them, and they need to be planted in deep, enriched soil. I planted mine in a 2-ft. deep trench which was filled in as they grew. This will be my first year to harvest a large number of spears. I don't see how they could get through the winters without being deep in the ground.

I haven't tried containers, so this is just my opinion.
Can I plant asparagus in the summer or fall?
Joe D on May 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes . Watch out for too cold or too hot weather. The roots need time feed and establish and feed for following spring. I have planted in late fall however the roots that survived thee winter were
stunted and much weaker than the roots I planted in thee summer/spring. Just my opinion I am not a bonded,certified,accredited asparagus farmer.
Are the purple passion asparagus 2 year plants?
Sue O on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Our asparagus crowns come in a package of 10, which are one-year-old crowns.
Anyone ever tried growing asparagus in buckets or pots?
david c on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have never tried it but form my experience I don't think it would be very successful. The aspargus in my garden send out long roots up to 18 inches from the parent plant. This would indicate they need a lot of growing room.
When asparagus is in stock when would you normally ship to 27604? Thanks
Norman K on Jul 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Traditionally, gardeners have always planted bare-root asparagus crowns in the spring and begin shipping In February through June.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long will asparagus produce during the year?
Brian M on May 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If you have young plants, the season may last 2 to 3 weeks. However, established plants produce longer???up to 8 weeks.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Where are you located? I ordered asparagus roots last year and they were beautiful but I don???t remember where I ordered them from. . Do you ship free?
Sue O on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We are locate din Louisiana Missouri. Our shipping is based on the dollar amount and anything over 125.00 is free shipping.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old are the roots?
Wendy A on Apr 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Our asparagus crowns come in a package of 10, which are one-year-old crowns.
How old are crowns?
ELeanor M on Mar 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Our asparagus crowns come in a package of 10, which are one-year-old crowns.
The quantity on this item is "pkg 10", what does this mean exactly?
Lauren on Feb 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This means you will receive 10 plants.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
We will be out of town for the projected shipping date. Can we arrange to have delivery a little later?
Janea H on Jan 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We understand that our estimated dates are not always ideal. Give customer support a call or send us an email so that we can modify your ship date.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can crowns, if offered, be planted in fall in New England?
David on Sep 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They will get a great start if planted in the fall. Just make sure you plant them early enough for the roots to establish before the cold weather sets in. Now would be ideal.
are any of your asparagus varieties male-only? I've heard female plants produce less due to berry production...
sherwood j on Aug 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Stark Bro's asparagus plants/roots are available as primarily-male selections. A female may appear from time to time, but they can be removed if they do (you'll notice they develop asparagus berries, which is a dead giveaway). The bigger concern would be with growing asparagus from seed, because there would be more females and less plant consistency from seeds.
How many asparagus crowns or plants come in the gallon container?
Vanessa S on Jul 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The one gallon container will contain one asparagus plant.
can you order asparagus plants that are 2 year old ?
lulie on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. If you order the gallon container size, it will be a two year old plant.
Where in your catalog is all the garden vegetable compatible with zone 10a?
Craig E on Mar 24, 2020

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Best size and growth.
We grow Stark's Purple Asparagus in irrigated rows at about 3500 ft. elevation in Utah, with hot dry summers, cold winters, and alkaline soil. We grow organically. We have tried other varieties of asparagus. The purple grows the biggest healthiest stalks of all, even when the rows get weedy. There is an amazing difference. The purple is the only kind we will grow any more. Other varieties have fizzled out over the years, but the purple is amazing, with large fat stalks. After several years without harvesting, so plants will become strong, we have now been getting a large handful nearly every day in May.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Purple Passion Asparagus
Very nice, don't let the color fool you as they turn traditional green when cooked and you can eat them all the way to the "butts' and then are tender and not stringy!!
May 8, 2016
over 6 years ago
Adds variety of harvest to my bed...
I live in Mass. Got these to add variety into my asparagus bed. Flavor is good, and I get lots of spears. What I ended up liking the best is the purple passion comes in a bit later than the green ones. Thus it extends the length of time we have to eat fresh asparagus. I will order it again...
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Purple Passion Asparagus
Heavy producer of tender LARGE spears. Much sweeter than the green variety. Can be eaten as fresh cut or fixed in more traditional ways. Very good !
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
Purple Passion Asparagus
This is the BEST asparagus you will ever taste! The flavor is incredible. I have roots I planted many years ago that are still producing. Some of the sprouts this year were an inch & a half thick and just as tender and tasty as could be!
July 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
Purple Asparagus
I bought two year old asparagus roots and did a bed with 40 plants. This is the second year. I got a harvest last year and this year there is more. Tastes wonderful and the bed is easy to take care of - mostly weeding. I'm glad I planted the purple, it's pretty and when I give it away, it's special.
May 8, 2016
over 6 years ago
Only three roots came up this year of the two packages I purchased.
May 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
Purple Passion Asparagus
Anybody raising asparagus should definitely add this variety to their others. This variety tends to be a little wider ( yet very tender) than others and without a question has a sweet hint to it. When combined with the typical green asparagus it makes for a more colorful presentation on the plate
August 18, 2016
over 5 years ago
love this!
we are very satisfied with this asparagus. it produces thick stalks that are delicious and tender, despite the size. we will definitely be buying more of this!
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
So tender you can eat it raw!
I've had Purple Passion asparagus growing in my garden for about five yours now. The original plants are giving me a succession of tight, tender stalks which can be eaten raw or cooked. Obviously raw they still are a beautiful purplish color with a tinge of green. Cooked they look like any other asparagus. They're great on the grill with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They're a little sweeter than conventional green asparagus. They have started to self seed - it seems that the younger plants didn't produce viable seeds, but maybe there is another reason. In any event I am developing a blanket of tiny - and mature - asparagus plants that I look forward to eating every spring for many many years! Definitely worth waiting for!
May 13, 2016
over 5 years ago