Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior

This perennial 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. Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide. Shade. Division.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationas-pi-DIS-trah ee-LAY-tee-or
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Waterwise, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureLush Foliage for Dry Shade

Thrives in organically rich, well-drained soil, sited in bright shade; tolerates deep shade well. In containers, use a high quality, organic potting mix. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer in spring.

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