Aspidistra

Aspidistra spp.

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Aspidistra contains just under 100 evergreen, rhizomatous, herbaceous perennials native to Southeast and Eastern Asia. Many are restricted to China or Vietnam. These species like moist, shaded conditions, typically growing under canopies. Leaves and fleshy flowers are produced at ground level and this genus contains species commonly kept as houseplants for their ease of care, tolerance to shade, and attractive, glossy, sometimes variegated foliage. Flowers are purple, cup-shaped, and borne on very short stems at soil level. These are hidden by the foliage and are typically pollinated by snails and slugs. Members of this genus are also useful as a ground cover species, particularly in mild climates.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Himalayas, China, Japan

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Chalk, Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White

Scent

None
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