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What are these things?

Posted by heidi_hiii California (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 9, 13 at 4:01

I have spent the last few weeks clearing out years of dead shrubbery and underneath a thick layer of leaves and pine needles I am finding tons of a weird kind of plant (they kind of look like tarantulas!) and they have long roots which make them hard to pull from the ground. Often they come out in clumps. What are these things really?

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RE: What are these things?

Look like "roots" of an asparagus fern. (Not a true asparagus.) Possibly this one:

Here is a link that might be useful: one of the common garden asparagus in SoCal

RE: What are these things?

There are many plants with tuberous roots like that - asparagus fern, spider plant, daylily all come to mind. Without an ID, I'd grow one or a couple out to see what they are before discarding them. How about trying your local county office of your state university's agricultural extension service.

RE: What are these things?

they also have the look of some of my dahlia tubers.. Find one of the root tuber and see if it has a eye on it, then plant in a pot to see what happens. Also looks like a daylily.

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