Spek-tacular Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatior 'Spek-tacular'
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Companion Plants||Sarcococca (Sarcococca); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Flax Lily (Dianella); Columbine (Aquilegia)|
|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.|
|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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