Asparagus is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing to 39–59 inches tall, with stout stems with much-branched, feathery foliage. The “leaves” are in fact needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of scale leaves; they are 0.24–1.26 inches long and 1 mm (0.039 in) broad, and clustered four to 15 together, in a rose-like shape. Theflowers are bell-shaped, greenish-white to yellowish, with six tepals partially fused together at the base; they are produced singly or in clusters of two or three in the junctions of the branchlets. It is usually dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants, but sometimes hermaphrodite flowers are found. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.