Perennial with creeping rhizomes growing up to 1.4m. Frost tolerant. Plant dies down each winter to produce new shoots in spring. Prefers a deep well-drained and manured soil. Young shoots/spears appear in spring and can crop for 3 months. It is best not to pick the spears for the first couple of years so the plant can develop a strong root system. Once established plants can live up to 20 years. Asparagus can be steamed, blanched, roasted, fried or are even delicious raw.