Aspidistra sp., Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra sp.

Cast Iron Plant
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Ruscaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: Southeastern Asia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeModerate waterOrnamental foliage

In the garden, Aspidistra sp. (Cast Iron Plant) makes a great groundcover, especially in shady areas. This small shrub typically reaches 2-5 ft in height, with an equal width. The foliage is dense and ornamental, which explains its popularity as a garden specimen. The leaves are evergreen and grow in a spreading or arching way. Plant can handle short periods of full sun but prefers semi-shade.

Care and Growing: Aspidistra sp. is easy to grow. It prefers moist, well-drained soil with moderate water and a slightly acid soil. Water when the top layer of soil becomes slightly dry. Feed with low-nitrogen fertilizer every 6-8 weeks during the growing season. The plant can also be grown in containers, under the right conditions.

In cold regions, it can be grown in pots in a sheltered spot. If the temperature drops below freezing, move the pot to a warmer area to keep the leaves from dying. The potted plant needs more frequent watering and more fertilizer during the warmer months than its outdoor counterpart. If necessary, pruning the stems may be done in late winter or early spring.

The most common variety is the one with all green leaves, Aspidistra elatior (sometimes labeled as Aspidistr lurida). Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata' has green leaves variegated with white striping

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Aspidistra vietnamensis Ginga - Milky Way, Cast Iron Plant

A unique FULL SHADE plant! 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. This variety is not the commoner A. elatior 'Milkyway', but the much nicer and difficult to find Aspidistra vietnamensis 'Ginga'.
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 vietnamensis Ginga is quite rare and has green leaves variegated with white striping or spots.

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
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6"/1 gal pot
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