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! It will practically grow in the dark. Excellent for those difficult to fill areas in deep shade. Spreads by underground stems. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:as-pi-DIS-tra e-LAY-tee-orPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 10, 12 - 31Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:InconspicuousDesign 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 PlantsCombine with fine leaved blooming shrubs and perennials like Columbine, Fushcia, Mexican Anise-tree and Bellflower in a shady bed or woodland setting. Purple leaf Coral Bells and Oregon Grape Holly both add contrast and texture to the flat, green leaves of the Cast Iron Plant.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- 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.