Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatiorItem #0345 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 11
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This plant is as tough as its name! Excellent for those difficult-to-fill areas in deep shade, spreading gently by underground stems. A nearly fuss-free, lush, leafy evergreen that will tolerate a range of growing conditions including heat, aridity and dry shade. Easy-care houseplant for low-light situations.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:as-pi-DIS-tra e-LAY-tee-orPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 10, 12 - 31Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Garden styleCottageDesign IdeasFor a gardener with a brown thumb, this sturdy, long lasting plant can be used in areas where all else fails; it is always green, and can handle deep shade under deck stairs or along foundations that receive almost no sunlight.Companion PlantsFuchsia (Fuchsia); Columbine (Aquilegia); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Flax Lily (Dianella); Sarcococca (Sarcococca)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in enriched garden soil; in containers, use a high quality, organic potting mix. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring.Light Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Native to the Osumi Islands of Japan, it inhabits forest floors and receives its common name of Cast Iron Plant due to its ability to survive under dark and neglectful conditions. New species of this plant are currently being discovered throughout East Asia.