• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Lush Foliage for Dry Shade
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:as-pi-DIS-tra e-LAY-tee-or
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 10, 12 - 31
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleCottage
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows 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:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.