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Aspidistra elatior (Aspidistra)

Aspidistra

Cast Iron

Aspidistra elatior

Amongst all the landscape plant offerings, Cast Iron stands out as the one plant without stems or a trunk. It is a perennial with leathery tough leaves that emerge directly from the underground rhizome,  reaching a mature height of three feet. It earned its name for the ability to grow in low-light areas combined with minimal care or maintenance.  It makes an ideal indoor plant due to its hardy nature.

Aspidistra is unfortunately extremely slow growing, taking over a year to completely fill out a simple small gallon size container pot. Inconspicuous small purple flowers appear at the base of the plant in the spring. A variegated cultivar exists that has white markings streaked vertically on the leaves. 

Be sure to grow in well-draining soils to prevent root-rot. 

Shade Plant
Underplanting
Indoor Container Plant

Flower Color:

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Height

30- Inches

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Spread

12- Inches

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Aspidistra elatior

Interesting Notes


USDA Hardiness Zone 7b

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Item Description
ASPI-03 ASPIDISTRA, CAST IRON View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Part Shade to Full Shade
Habit
Evergreen
Water Needs
Low