Aspidistra

Aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant
Family: Asparagaceae


A great container plant for indoors or heavily shaded places (ideal for the novice gardener), surviving easily outdoors in South East Queensland. It's tolerance of low light and drought is legendary, but of course a little attention now and again will keep it looking its best.

It's popularity in times past make it suitable for a hertiage house and garden. The Aspidistra has perhaps been somewhat under-appreciated in the more recently but, like many of the old favourites, it's bound to be taken up by landscapers looking for something reliable for dry and dark corners. The elegant and bold leaf form would not look out of place in a tropical or modern style of garden.

A variegated form is quite widely available, but watch out for reversion to plain green. Discard the all-green or mostly green pieces when dividing or repotting to maintain variegation.

More information and images will be added as this page is developed.

More Online Information


Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Aspidistra elatior Cast Iron Plant. University of Florida (PDF)
Aspidistra elatior Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Cast Iron Plant - Aspidistra elatior University of Illinois Extension

Possible Misspellings: Aspidistrar, Aspidistar, Aspadistra, Aspidestra
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