Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:as-pi-DIS-tra e-LAY-tee-or
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
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
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous
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 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.
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:
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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