Spek-tacular Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior 'Spek-tacular'

SKU
42320
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.
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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
LoreNative 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.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 3 ft. tall, forming a 4 ft. wide clump.
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 can handle deep shade under deck stairs or along foundations that receive almost no sunlight.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleCottage, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Dry Shade, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy 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 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.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 10

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