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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
Pollination Self-pollinating
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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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 have green asparagus so wanted to try the purple
Robert B on Dec 7, 2018
We grew it at our last house and like it much better than the green asparagus. The asparagus is larger and the roots seemed to stay productive for more years.
Marlene O on Feb 24, 2018
I have green asparagus so wanted to try the purple
Robert B on Dec 7, 2018
Have had really good experience growing this variety for several years.
James V on May 16, 2018
We grew it at our last house and like it much better than the green asparagus. The asparagus is larger and the roots seemed to stay productive for more years.
Marlene O on Feb 24, 2018
When you have family over and you show then your blue asparagus, you might as well be a magician to them. That's the power of edible gardening.
Michael B on Feb 20, 2018
I like this better than the green varieties it's sweeter to me
Patricia F H on May 16, 2017
Because I just tasted some of my friend's right out of the garden and they were AMAZING! I asked her if she was ever able to get some home to cook and she said no... She just picks them ands eats them before she knows it.
Jerri L on Apr 20, 2017
I love asparagus, and love the color of these beauties. I'm hoping the purple hue means they contain more antioxidants, but am excited just to see them pop up. I have two small children, so anything that can make veggies more exciting is a plus. When these are cooked, they turn green, so I'm hoping this will help convince my children to try the "magic" color changing asparagus from our garden!
Victoria E on Mar 14, 2017
To give color to the plate!
Sandra B on Mar 12, 2017
I heard it was sweeter.
GEORGE R on Jun 20, 2016
They are very tender and yummy!
Susan L on Jun 11, 2016
Had this asparagus at a friend's house - excellent - very sweet when eaten raw with Ranch Dressing!
Patricia K on Jun 8, 2016
we've had excellent results growing asparagus and we want to grow something besides burdock!
MARK H on Jun 5, 2016
Had some in the past- unbelievable size and flavor
JAY W on Jun 3, 2016
Variety in my asparagus patch
Jay A D on May 28, 2016
I have grown it before at another location. Love it!
Jacque S on May 20, 2016
I have planted it before and it is delicious!
terry N on May 13, 2016
My neighbor shared some of hers with us. It's the best asparagus I've ever eaten!
Shirley D on May 10, 2016
Grows the best of any Asparagus I've ever planted, larger stalks and better taste.
Michael L E on May 8, 2016
I have some purple passion asparagus already and I like the taste and texture of it compared to the green colored.
Rachel W on Apr 29, 2016
My husband likes green asparagus but I think I would prefer the taste of the purple variety.
Elise S on Apr 21, 2016
It is never stringy or has tough fibers NO MATTER HOW LARGE THE SPEARS. Great tasting!!!!
DOUGLAS M on Apr 13, 2016
I prefer the Purple variety.
Cynthia H on Apr 11, 2016
Already have asparagus and want to build up my crops
Stephanie M on Mar 25, 2016
Planted green jersey knight last year
Kathie k on Mar 1, 2016
Highly recommended by Derek Fell in his book, Plant This! His other recommendations have been great.
John B on Feb 23, 2016
Have had really good experience growing this variety for several years.
James V on May 16, 2018
When you have family over and you show then your blue asparagus, you might as well be a magician to them. That's the power of edible gardening.
Michael B on Feb 20, 2018
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 planted purple passion asparagus next to the jersey giant asparagus and have encountered no problems so far. Important note: my asparagus are only in their second year in my garden and so are not fully established. Both varieties seem to be doing well but the jersey giant is much larger and productive, as advertised. All 10 root crowns I planted came back this year for jersey giant, 9 out of 10 for purple passion. I left about 3 feet between rows to help keep the varieties separate. Both delicious.
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.
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: Honestly, an asparagus crown looks like a handful of spaghetti tied together at the top. The magic is that when you plant it and water it and wait a while, it grows into incredibly delicious asparagus. Here are a page full of images of them:://
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Customer Reviews

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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 2 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 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 4 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 2 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 4 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 4 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 3 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 4 years ago
Purple Passion Asparagus
Planted in spring of 2014 and the bed is kept mulched with wood chips which helps retain moisture. It also provides compost as the wood chips decay. Plants are now producing finger and thumb thick sized stalks. This asparagus is much tastier than Martha Washington or Jersey Giant.
May 6, 2016
over 4 years ago
Only three roots came up this year of the two packages I purchased.
May 11, 2016
over 3 years ago