This species of wild asparagus is most common in southern Europe, Spain, Italy and France. The type that escaped cultivation also occurs, particularly near centers of cultivation. Birds are responsible for dispersing the seeds. It is hard to tell exactly how asparagus migrated to northern Europe, but it is most likely to have been introduced by the Romans. Apparently it has been in cultivation for a surprisingly long time – even the ancient Egyptians were familiar with it, and many ancient herbal textbooks mention it as both, food and medicine.