Southern China, Japan, Taiwan
Evergreen, herbacious, rhizomatus perennial
600mm x 300mm spread with leaves 300-500mm
Simple, entire oblong leaf with parallel venation, creeping stem and lush leaves which arise directly from the rhizome at ground level
Rarely seen and some say unremarkable fleshy, 8-lobed cream flowers with maroon colouring on the inner surface, borne below the leaf stems and above the soilin early summer
Bark / Trunk:
Vigour / Longevity:
Aspidistras are long lived, relatively pest free reliable work horses indoors and out in temperate, subtropical and tropical zones - will be killed by frost. They thrive in dry shade and look lush and leafy.
Dry shade to dappled sun
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. Not frost tolerant, leaves will burn.
Soil / Drainage:
Good drainage is also required for optimal growth and to avoid root rot
Very little maintenance is required once established, removal of dead foliage.
Not needed once established, water pot plants sparingly. While tolerant of low moisture conditions, Cast Iron Plant should be watered during periods of drought.
Fertilisers are not usually needed.
Pests / Diseases:
Reasonably pest free except of some mites and scale in high humidity. Root rot on wet soils.
Container or above-ground planter; ground cover in dry shade good under trees; suitable for growing indoors; accent; edging. Plant on 12 to 18-inch centers for quick ground cover effect
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