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Aspidistra sp., Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra sp.

Cast Iron Plant
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Ruscaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: Southeastern Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliage

Species of Aspidistra are perennial herbaceous plants growing from rhizomes. The leaves are either solitary or are grouped in small "tufts" of two to four.

The most common variety is the one with all green leaves, A. elatior (sometimes labeled as A. lurida). Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata' has green leaves variegated with white striping. Rugged houseplant for shady areas of the home. Once very popular, this plant was a common feature of many a Victorian hallway.

Best sited in bright indirect light, but tolerates full shade.

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