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Aspidistra

Aspidistra elatior

Also known as

Cast Iron Plant

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

60cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images

Aspidistra elatior 01
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Aspidistra elatior flos

Overview

Elatior is a species of Aspidistra which are perennial herbaceous plants growing from rhizomes. Some species are grown for the use of their glossy, leathery, narrow, long dark-green leaves - sometimes variegated - in the cut flower industry. Elatior has been used as an indoor plant for many years and can be used as a garden plant for heavily shaded areas, down to -5C degrees. It needs little attention and can survive for over 50 years, but is usually slow growing.

Common problems

Generally problem-free, but can be susceptible to pests when grown indoors.

Harvesting

Leaves are harvested for cut flower industry or green filler in flower arrangements. Cut down near soil level, do not remove too many from one plant at the same time!

Propagation

Division

Divide thick patches in spring and replant immediately.

Special Features

Indoor plant

Tolerates shade, dust as well as heat, cold, wet soil, drought, neglect and low light conditions, but no direct sunlight.

Pot plant

Provide well draining potting mix, fertilize every 3 to 4 months.

Drought resistant

Attractive leaves

Uses

Ornamental

Leaves are popular in cut flower arrangements