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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.
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!
Divide thick patches in spring and replant immediately.
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.
Asia, China, Vietnam
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Compost, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Leaves are popular in cut flower arrangements
Generally problem-free, but can be susceptible to pests when grown indoors.