Cast-iron plant

Aspidistra elatior

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
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Genus:  Aspidistra
This is an ovate, glossy-leaved plant usually grown as a houseplant. In early summer, it produces fleshy, bell-shaped, cream colored flowers with maroon interiors.
Care:  Water sparingly in winter. Site outside in full to part shade.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Usually disease-free.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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