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Cast-iron plant

Aspidistra elatior

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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.

CareWater sparingly in winter. Site outside in full to part shade.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsUsually disease-free.

  • Genus : Aspidistra
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Shade
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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