It was once classified in the lily family, like the related Allium species, onions andgarlic, but the Liliaceae have been split and the onion-like plants are now in the family Amaryllidaceae and asparagus in the Asparagaceae. Asparagus officinalis is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, and is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.
Wild Asparagus is a seasonal spring vegetable variety of the cultivated asparagus. Wild Asparagus has more of a wild grass look and texture. With thin stalks and wheat like heads, Wild asparagus can be used in the same way as regular asparagus. Due to its fragile thin stalks, Wild asparagus doesn't need to be cooked as long as traditional asparagus.