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Aspidistra elatior


Cast-Iron Plant, Bar Room Plant, Common Aspidistra, Iron Plant, Aspidistra




Origin:  China and Japan.
            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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A very reliable and tough plant for those that have the 'brown thumb' with house plants.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Asparagaceae
Genus
Aspidistra
Species
elatior
Category
Perennials, Tropicals
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 10
Canadian Hardiness Zone
Requires cold season protection under glass.
RHS Hardiness Zone
H2 - H5
Temperature (°C)
-15 - 5
Temperature (°F)
5 - 41
Height
0.6 - 0.9 m
Spread
0.3 - 0.6 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
MarchAprilMay
General Description
An easily grown houseplant, called the iron plant for it's ability to survive significant cultural abuse.
Landscape
Massing in tropical landscapes, but commonly used as a potted house plant in temperate landscapes due to its tolerance of low light conditions.
Cultivation
Best grown in well-drained, peaty potting soil, in bright but indirect light to full shade. Direct sun will bleach leaves. Water regularly from spring to autumn, but reduce watering in winter. Overwatering will cause root rot.
Growth
Medium
Pests
Mites and scale.
Leaf Description
Arching, lanceolate, grows up to 60 cm long and 10 cm wide directly from the rootstock on long stems.
Flower Description
Small and appear at soil level. Flowers don't normally appear if it's a house plant.
Colour Description
Leaves are glossy dark green.
Notable Specimens
Centennial Conservatory, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Box Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida, United States of America.
Propagation
Division of clumps.
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