I live in Central Florida, and thought I would give asparagus a try. Even if I got one fresh spear, I thought it would be worth it - bring back childhood memories from growing up in New England. Well, several of the plants I grew from seed over 5 years ago are still growing, and that's despite unavoidable neglect due to other demands on my time. Of the 2 varieties I've tried, the Mary Washington seems the toughest. I had no idea they would do that well here, under such harsh conditions. What a pleasant surprise.