Also known as
Cast Iron Plant, Bar-room plant
This plant has no fragrance
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Aspidistra elatior is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Asparagaceae family. Growing from rhizomes, this is a common species. The leaves are tough and dark green; they are pointed at the tip. The flowers are cream to dark purple and bell-shaped. Commonly known by the names Cast Iron Plant and Common Aspidistra, amongst others. Cast Iron Plant has been used as an indoor plant for many years and can be used as a garden plant for heavily shaded areas, down to -5 degrees Celsius. Aspidistra elatior needs little care and attention, growing slowly in shaded spots with ease, it can survive for over 50 years.
Common problems with Aspidistra
Generally problem-free, but can be susceptible to pests when grown indoors.
How to harvest Aspidistra
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!
How to propagate Aspidistra
Divide thick patches in spring and replant immediately.
Special features of Aspidistra
Tolerates shade, dust as well as heat, cold, wet soil, drought, neglect and low light conditions, but no direct sunlight.
Provide well draining potting mix, fertilize every 3 to 4 months.
Other uses of Aspidistra
Leaves are popular in cut flower arrangements
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