Aspidistra

Aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

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

Special features

Origin

Asia, China, Vietnam

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Compost, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

Leaves are popular in cut flower arrangements

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Cream

Scent

None

Problems

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