• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dry Shade
  • 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:Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    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
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • 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.


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