Aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plant
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Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2′ x 2-3′

Exposure

Full Shade

Water

Medium Water

Special Features

Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1

Natural Growth Habit

Clumping

Sunset Garden Zones

4-10, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

7B-11

Well known and has a reputation for withstanding neglect giving rise to its common name of Cast-iron Plant. It is tolerant of low light low humidity temperature fluctuation and irregular watering. It is best situated in a position away from direct sun to avoid leaf bleaching. Good drainage is also required for optimal growth and to avoid root rot. The species is not seriously troubled by insects however mites and scale may cause occasional problems.   Its leaves and roots may be subject to browsing by hoofed mammals such as deer as well as rodents and rabbits.

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