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Products > Plants - Browse By Region > Aspidistra elatior
 
Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Brown
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Aspidistra elatior (Cast Iron Plant) - This perennial is a common house plant and a tough outdoor ornamental with 24 to 36 inch long deep green leaves. The leaves rise vertically from a slowly spreading rhizome to eventually form dense clumps. Aspidistra elatior has the ability to grow in adverse conditions, such as in dark shade areas under eaves or interior courtyards, or in filtered light. Although able to survive these conditions and even extended dry periods, it requires well-drained soil and looks best with regular irrigation and fertiliziation during spring and summer. Water occasionally to moderately and dust or hose off the leaves to keep them attractive. Cream and purple colored flowers in spring are at ground level and are pollinated by snails - while interesting they are rarely seen and not showy. Hardy to 0 degrees F.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aspidistra elatior.