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Spek-tacular Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior 'Spek-tacular'

Pronunciation: as-pi-DIS-trah ee-LAY-tee-or
SKU #42320
9-10

Good to Grow...indoors:

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OVERVIEW
Description Glossy green foliage heavily speckled with creamy yellow spots provides excellent color and texture for a shaded woodland garden. The long, flat, broad leaves grow stiffly upright from a dense clump and arches as rise above the base. As tough as the name suggests, cast iron plants adapt to heat, aridity and even dry shade. Evergreen.
Light Full shade
Watering Allow soil to dry between waterings.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Foliage reaches 3 ft. tall, forming a 4 ft. wide clump.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Waterwise, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs
Growth Rate Moderate
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Houseplant, Ground Cover
Design Ideas For a gardener with a brown thumb, this sturdy, long lasting plant can be used in areas where all else fails; it can handle deep shade under deck stairs or along foundations that receive almost no sunlight.
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Variegated
Companion Plants Sarcococca (Sarcococca); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Flax Lily (Dianella); Columbine (Aquilegia)
CARE
Care 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 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.
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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